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Friday, October 4, 2019

Tonight I made my live debut at the Bethel Public Library to a crowd of 15 interested history hunters. Most were just interested in the history I’ve hunted and that’s ok. My favorite part is the opportunity after to chat with the audience - answer questions and hear about what interests them. 10/10 would do again, and again. #found #publicspeaking #bethelpubliclibrary #connecticut #history #connecticuthistory #standup #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Tonight I made my live debut at the Bethel Public Library to a crowd of 15 interested history hunters. Most were just interested in the history I’ve hunted and that’s ok. My favorite part is the opportunity after to chat with the audience - answer questions and hear about what interests them. 10/10 would do again, and again. #publicspeaking #bethelpubliclibrary #connecticut #history #connecticuthistory #standup #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Early Photoshop fail? - no! Just an innocent postcard from Wildwood New Jersey in 1914. Or, maybe that is the largest female bather the world has ever seen - someone get PT Barnum on the wireless- quick! The note isn’t really scandalous, but I wonder who the “boys in the white pants” are...Maybe just men of good humor? #found #postcards #wildwoodnj #vacation #holiday #vintage #newjersey #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


Early Photoshop fail? - no! Just an innocent postcard from Wildwood New Jersey in 1914. Or, maybe that is the largest female bather the world has ever seen - someone get PT Barnum on the wireless- quick! The note isn’t really scandalous, but I wonder who the “boys in the white pants” are...Maybe just men of good humor? #postcards #wildwoodnj #vacation #holiday #vintage #newjersey #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Pick of the week - that you can visit: 1 Joan Drive Newtown, Connecticut. Many vintage books - among them is this one signed by Newtown’s own Mary Hawley. She took a trip on Thanksgiving Day in 1920 to what is still today the largest metropolitan zoo in the world. Now called the Bronx Zoo (insert thoughtful cheer here) it was the required destination for elementary school students in a 50 + mile radius. At least it was when I went there - pretty sure my lunch cooler is still there in the lost and found waiting for me. The sale runs Friday and Saturday and is Urban Archeologist approved. #found #vintagebooks #bronxzoo #memoriesofnewyork #zoo #vintagemaps #newtownct #connecticuthistory #newtownhistory #coolfinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


Pick of the week - that you can visit: 1 Joan Drive Newtown, Connecticut. Many vintage books - among them is this one signed by Newtown’s own Mary Hawley. She took a trip on Thanksgiving Day in 1920 to what is still today the largest metropolitan zoo in the world. Now called the Bronx Zoo (insert thoughtful cheer here) it was the required destination for elementary school students in a 50 + mile radius. At least it was when I went there - pretty sure my lunch cooler is still there in the lost and found waiting for me. The sale runs Friday and Saturday and is Urban Archeologist approved. #vintagebooks #bronxzoo #memoriesofnewyork #zoo #vintagemaps #newtownct #connecticuthistory #newtownhistory #coolfinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Wow! The description written for my next live performance (Oct 3rd 6pm at the Bethel Library in CT) has me listed as a “Real” American Picker - I hope those “other” guys don’t read this. I have to admit that I don’t know which I enjoy more...finding these treasures, or sharing them before a live audience. #found #liveperformance #bethelpubliclibrary #urbanarcheology #connecticutevents #realamericanpicker #foundastory #estatesalefinds


Wow! The description written for my next live performance (Oct 3rd 6pm at the Bethel Library in CT) has me listed as a “Real” American Picker - I hope those “other” guys don’t read this. I have to admit that I don’t know which I enjoy more...finding these treasures, or sharing them before a live audience. #liveperformance #bethelpubliclibrary #urbanarcheology #connecticutevents #realamericanpicker #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Found at a Danbury CT moving sale today. Thought it was a wry commentary on the State’s tax law rollercoaster week. Truthfully I would like to know what year this stamp came into use. Others like it - Elevator inspection -for example have the year as part of the stamp. Despite the subject-matter I think these are neat! #found #ephemera #stampcollecting #taxes #connecticut #connecticuthistory #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Found at a Danbury CT moving sale today. Thought it was a wry commentary on the State’s tax law rollercoaster week. Truthfully I would like to know what year this stamp came into use. Others like it - Elevator inspection -for example have the year as part of the stamp. Despite the subject-matter I think these are neat! #ephemera #stampcollecting #taxes #connecticut #connecticuthistory #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Matchbook Monday presents the “what’s in a name edition”. The Statler Hotel in New York was built by the railroad across the street from Penn Station and named accordingly in 1919. Sold a number of times and in the 50s to Hilton, renaming it to the Statler Hilton. This landmark (unofficially) has also survived demolition several times. But how can you destroy the namesake of one of the Muppets? The hotel that was host to Faulkner and Castro? It’s most recent owner returned its name to the original title of Pennsylvania Hotel, but really? What’s in a name? The impressive part of the story is how this book of matches looks pretty darn good for a relic from 1936! #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #travel #newyorkcity #vintagenewyork #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #collectibles


Matchbook Monday presents the “what’s in a name edition”. The Statler Hotel in New York was built by the railroad across the street from Penn Station and named accordingly in 1919. Sold a number of times and in the 50s to Hilton, renaming it to the Statler Hilton. This landmark (unofficially) has also survived demolition several times. But how can you destroy the namesake of one of the Muppets? The hotel that was host to Faulkner and Castro? It’s most recent owner returned its name to the original title of Pennsylvania Hotel, but really? What’s in a name? The impressive part of the story is how this book of matches looks pretty darn good for a relic from 1936! #matchbook #matchbookmonday #travel #newyorkcity #vintagenewyork #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #collectibles

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

This has been a summer of coins. This 1848 one cent coin spent 100 years and more in the ground and then another 26 in a zip loc bag with a rusty nail. That’s no way to treat lady liberty! It would be amazing to see what this coin saw in 1848. If only.... #found #coin #coincollecting #numismatics #connecticut #history #money #antique #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


This has been a summer of coins. This 1848 one cent coin spent 100 years and more in the ground and then another 26 in a zip loc bag with a rusty nail. That’s no way to treat lady liberty! It would be amazing to see what this coin saw in 1848. If only.... #coin #coincollecting #numismatics #connecticut #history #money #antique #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This hotel, which still stands today, is now all condos, but the structure is intact. If true, my favorite story from this hotel involves JFK sleeping with a Nazi spy in 1942. This was known and the spy’s actions were being recorded at all times. When Jack’s father Joe Kennedy heard the tapes, he got his son transferred to the Pacific theater. The rest they say is history, or a war conquest that at least sounded better on the campaign trail. The reproduction of the Charleston flower girl was a good piece of marketing -a good idea to be associated with an artist who was very well known in the south. I don’t know what happened to Ms Denmark, the Nazi spy. Maybe there’s a recording out there in someone’s attic? #found #matchbookmonday #kennedy #fortsumpter #vintagetravel #smoking #spies #wwii #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


This hotel, which still stands today, is now all condos, but the structure is intact. If true, my favorite story from this hotel involves JFK sleeping with a Nazi spy in 1942. This was known and the spy’s actions were being recorded at all times. When Jack’s father Joe Kennedy heard the tapes, he got his son transferred to the Pacific theater. The rest they say is history, or a war conquest that at least sounded better on the campaign trail. The reproduction of the Charleston flower girl was a good piece of marketing -a good idea to be associated with an artist who was very well known in the south. I don’t know what happened to Ms Denmark, the Nazi spy. Maybe there’s a recording out there in someone’s attic? #matchbookmonday #kennedy #fortsumpter #vintagetravel #smoking #spies #wwii #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Half the fun of digging in the past is the opportunity to visit homes like these. This one from 1899, for example. #found #vintagestructures #turnofthecentury #architecture #historicdanbury #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


Half the fun of digging in the past is the opportunity to visit homes like these. This one from 1899, for example. #vintagestructures #turnofthecentury #architecture #historicdanbury #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Going back in time to use this Walt Disney Productions application to apply for a job as an animator. This dates to the 1940s or 50s and is a true gem. Now- where did I leave that time machine? #found #animation #vintagedisney #jobapplication #ephemera #animation #waltdisneystudios #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Going back in time to use this Walt Disney Productions application to apply for a job as an animator. This dates to the 1940s or 50s and is a true gem. Now- where did I leave that time machine? #animation #vintagedisney #jobapplication #ephemera #animation #waltdisneystudios #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Not Matchbook, cigarette collector card - Monday. I bought a lot of these 1910 collector cards found inside Fez cigarettes which, unfortunately, had been glued in a scrapbook. Who would do such a thing? I set about attempting to restore them - using a special blend of glue dissolve (spit) and a fine x-acto knife. I don’t thing I’ll win any awards for restoration but it satisfies me. Only 15 more to go. #found #restoration #ephemera #collectorcards #cigarettetradingcards #fez #progression #smoking #vintagesmokes #vintagecigarettes #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Not Matchbook, cigarette collector card - Monday. I bought a lot of these 1910 collector cards found inside Fez cigarettes which, unfortunately, had been glued in a scrapbook. Who would do such a thing? I set about attempting to restore them - using a special blend of glue dissolve (spit) and a fine x-acto knife. I don’t thing I’ll win any awards for restoration but it satisfies me. Only 15 more to go. #restoration #ephemera #collectorcards #cigarettetradingcards #fez #progression #smoking #vintagesmokes #vintagecigarettes #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Being an Urban Archeologist you have to keep digging with the knowledge that history may be hidden anywhere. The former home of the head of the FAA under Reagan ‘81 - ‘84 was also very involved in the Apollo program holding various management and executive positions. These patches are some of the specs memorabilia going on sale at this home in Westport CT. Thanks to Lee at Dancing Dog Estate Sales for allowing me to dig for history. #found #NASA #spaceexploration #collectible #ushistory #deepdigs #urbanarcheology #dancingdogestatesales #foundastory #estatesalefinds #hiddenhistory


Being an Urban Archeologist you have to keep digging with the knowledge that history may be hidden anywhere. The former home of the head of the FAA under Reagan ‘81 - ‘84 was also very involved in the Apollo program holding various management and executive positions. These patches are some of the specs memorabilia going on sale at this home in Westport CT. Thanks to Lee at Dancing Dog Estate Sales for allowing me to dig for history. #NASA #spaceexploration #collectible #ushistory #deepdigs #urbanarcheology #dancingdogestatesales #foundastory #estatesalefinds #hiddenhistory

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Matchbook Monday! Brought you by Slack-ees! Which was brought to me by my friend Nick. This just makes me think it’s a devotee of the Slacker lifestyle. Though I don’t think a Slackee, either male or female, would wear crotchless underwear; I don’t think they’d wear underwear at all. This matchbook, which claims to be the original and most practical thing for the woman of today and tomorrow is actually the most entertaining thing for matchbook Monday ...until next Monday. #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collectibles #underwear #humor #fashion #foundation #vintageundergarments #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday! Brought you by Slack-ees! Which was brought to me by my friend Nick. This just makes me think it’s a devotee of the Slacker lifestyle. Though I don’t think a Slackee, either male or female, would wear crotchless underwear; I don’t think they’d wear underwear at all. This matchbook, which claims to be the original and most practical thing for the woman of today and tomorrow is actually the most entertaining thing for matchbook Monday ...until next Monday. #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collectibles #underwear #humor #fashion #foundation #vintageundergarments #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Monday, August 26, 2019

If you didn’t think it was possible to find American history by just driving down the street... Ironic that this actually predates the United States. in 1760 Connecticut was still a colony and the most important part of legalizing a deed was that space at the bottom where the current English monarch needed to be written in. As much as I covet this document my ownership will only be temporary. My plan is to donate it to the town of Redding as there is a long History of this family there. Pinch and zoom if you want to read the document. You can also see it at my next live presentation October 3rd at the Bethel Public Library. #found #history #antiquedocuments #ushistory #connecticuthistory #1760 #colonialhistory #hiddenhistory #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


If you didn’t think it was possible to find American history by just driving down the street... Ironic that this actually predates the United States. in 1760 Connecticut was still a colony and the most important part of legalizing a deed was that space at the bottom where the current English monarch needed to be written in. As much as I covet this document my ownership will only be temporary. My plan is to donate it to the town of Redding as there is a long History of this family there. Pinch and zoom if you want to read the document. You can also see it at my next live presentation October 3rd at the Bethel Public Library. #history #antiquedocuments #ushistory #connecticuthistory #1760 #colonialhistory #hiddenhistory #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tag sale sounds- I can’t decide what I like more- the music or the case I found it in. This is the only Traffic to be in this weekend. #found #music #cassettetapes #traffic #steviewinwood #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagemusic


Tag sale sounds- I can’t decide what I like more- the music or the case I found it in. This is the only Traffic to be in this weekend. #music #cassettetapes #traffic #steviewinwood #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagemusic

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Friday, August 9, 2019

I have many friends who run estate sales. When they see me walk up they are quick to assess what they remember about me and what I look for - as good business owners, they do this with all their regulars. I’m more of a challenge because I’m looking for hidden treasure. “There’s nothing here for you at this one.” Lee, owner of Dancing Dog Estate Sales said sympathetically. This only charges up my resolve as I feel she’s thrown the gauntlet down and I am up for a challenge. As you can see from the image I found a favorite hiding place for treasure. Usually it’s old papers squished behind a wardrobe drawer. This time? Jewelry! I asked Lee to come over and her staff followed. The heavily tarnished gold ring was accompanied by a pair of cuff links and a gold Lutheran pin. My favorite phrase to hear as I said goodbye was “I’ll let the owner know what you found.” The owner had an interesting history in TV production as the producer of the Phill Donahue show. There’s cool stories hiding everywhere! #found #hiddentreasure #estatesalefinds #ridgefieldct #discovery #jewelry #gold #hidingplaces #foundastory #urbanarcheology


I have many friends who run estate sales. When they see me walk up they are quick to assess what they remember about me and what I look for - as good business owners, they do this with all their regulars. I’m more of a challenge because I’m looking for hidden treasure. “There’s nothing here for you at this one.” Lee, owner of Dancing Dog Estate Sales said sympathetically. This only charges up my resolve as I feel she’s thrown the gauntlet down and I am up for a challenge. As you can see from the image I found a favorite hiding place for treasure. Usually it’s old papers squished behind a wardrobe drawer. This time? Jewelry! I asked Lee to come over and her staff followed. The heavily tarnished gold ring was accompanied by a pair of cuff links and a gold Lutheran pin. My favorite phrase to hear as I said goodbye was “I’ll let the owner know what you found.” The owner had an interesting history in TV production as the producer of the Phill Donahue show. There’s cool stories hiding everywhere! #hiddentreasure #estatesalefinds #ridgefieldct #discovery #jewelry #gold #hidingplaces #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Matchbook Monday is back from a slow flight to Charleston, South Carolina. Another gem from the 1940s back when it was ok to smoke not only in the plane’s bathroom but also in the seat next to the person who really wished that you sat next to someone else. Although those flights look like a great deal remember that in today’s dollars that would have been a good amount. The only benefit of flying then was the absence of of feeling like you were about to spend the next 20 years at Shawshank prison. I still think the healthcare crisis could easily be solved by replacing TSA agents with Medical Internists. You’re basically getting a free CAT scan every time you fly - might as well get that shoulder surgery scheduled while you wait for your flight to board. #found #matchbook #collectibles #flight #aviation # airfare #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #1940s


Matchbook Monday is back from a slow flight to Charleston, South Carolina. Another gem from the 1940s back when it was ok to smoke not only in the plane’s bathroom but also in the seat next to the person who really wished that you sat next to someone else. Although those flights look like a great deal remember that in today’s dollars that would have been a good amount. The only benefit of flying then was the absence of of feeling like you were about to spend the next 20 years at Shawshank prison. I still think the healthcare crisis could easily be solved by replacing TSA agents with Medical Internists. You’re basically getting a free CAT scan every time you fly - might as well get that shoulder surgery scheduled while you wait for your flight to board. #matchbook #collectibles #flight #aviation # airfare #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #1940s

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

The most beautiful dirt is the kind that tells a story. Against my better judgment, because really? Who needs good judgement when digging for treasure? More on the actual framed image in later, but for now enjoy this turn of the century frame evidenced by the coal dust on the inside of the curved frame glass. #found #turnofthecentury #pictureframe #coaldust #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #tease


The most beautiful dirt is the kind that tells a story. Against my better judgment, because really? Who needs good judgement when digging for treasure? More on the actual framed image in later, but for now enjoy this turn of the century frame evidenced by the coal dust on the inside of the curved frame glass. #turnofthecentury #pictureframe #coaldust #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #tease

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Happy Matchbook other-than Monday! The fault lies not within our stars but within our horoscopes. Astrology is one of those things that sounds legit but really isn’t. Despite that criticism I would wager that everyone reading this knows their “sign.” What are the top 2 problems astrology can help you with? Marriage and teens. This is funny because the problem with anyone’s marriage could well be the fault of teens. See? I didn’t need my horoscope to figure that out. #found #matchbook #collectable #astrology #horoscope #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Happy Matchbook other-than Monday! The fault lies not within our stars but within our horoscopes. Astrology is one of those things that sounds legit but really isn’t. Despite that criticism I would wager that everyone reading this knows their “sign.” What are the top 2 problems astrology can help you with? Marriage and teens. This is funny because the problem with anyone’s marriage could well be the fault of teens. See? I didn’t need my horoscope to figure that out. #matchbook #collectable #astrology #horoscope #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Hunt for Matchbook Monday. Why do today what you can avoid til tomorrow? Once, just once, I considered trying French dressing -until I read this recipe. First, I can’t get this visual of someone making this while balancing a cigarette ash over the pot out of my mind. Second, any claim that this will last “indefinitely” in the icebox hasn’t seen my walk-up ‘fridge. Now, if you made the dressing with peaches, well you might have something there. #found #foodie #recipes #hunts #matchbook #vintagematchbook #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


The Hunt for Matchbook Monday. Why do today what you can avoid til tomorrow? Once, just once, I considered trying French dressing -until I read this recipe. First, I can’t get this visual of someone making this while balancing a cigarette ash over the pot out of my mind. Second, any claim that this will last “indefinitely” in the icebox hasn’t seen my walk-up ‘fridge. Now, if you made the dressing with peaches, well you might have something there. #foodie #recipes #hunts #matchbook #vintagematchbook #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Body shaming isn’t anything new - even before we were judging others at the gym there was another guilty party going at it. As you can see these instruments are parading this poor tuba around making light of the obvious size of his brass. If you ask me it’s probably the work of number 3 in line - “Sexy the Saxophone” Actually, this represents a typical dilemma for me at estate sales. This record likely has some resale potential and I could realize it. However, I can’t see turning around a single item which might 3-5$ and then selling it for $15 or $20. It’s likely that if I haggled successfully it would sit in a pile in my house for me to appreciate it whenever. I really didn’t want to pass this up but if I don’t show some restraint my garage could end up looking rather....Tubby. #found #records #vintagevinyl #childrensrecords #recordcollecting #vinyl #humor #tubbythetuba #stopbodyshaming #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Body shaming isn’t anything new - even before we were judging others at the gym there was another guilty party going at it. As you can see these instruments are parading this poor tuba around making light of the obvious size of his brass. If you ask me it’s probably the work of number 3 in line - “Sexy the Saxophone” Actually, this represents a typical dilemma for me at estate sales. This record likely has some resale potential and I could realize it. However, I can’t see turning around a single item which might 3-5$ and then selling it for $15 or $20. It’s likely that if I haggled successfully it would sit in a pile in my house for me to appreciate it whenever. I really didn’t want to pass this up but if I don’t show some restraint my garage could end up looking rather....Tubby. #records #vintagevinyl #childrensrecords #recordcollecting #vinyl #humor #tubbythetuba #stopbodyshaming #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Who needs a smart phone to look up useless information when you can have Conklin’s Vest-Pocket Argument Settler? It’s fascinating to see what we’re the nuggets of information one needed to know to avoid an impolite confrontation. This gem came to me at a preview estate sale in Danbury CT conducted by my friend Justin of Just In Antiques. It’s also happening Saturday - leave a comment if you want the address. This goes under books I buy for the title alone. The joy is flipping through the pages for the proper etiquette at the table - “Don’t nite fruit at the table. Use a silver paring knife to remover the skin and cut the fruit in bite sized sections” or maybe you need to know when Washington died. “The last hour of the last day of the last month of the last year of the century.” Clearly smarter than the average smart phone - now you can be too! #found #rarebooks #vintagebooks #bookcollecting #argument #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Who needs a smart phone to look up useless information when you can have Conklin’s Vest-Pocket Argument Settler? It’s fascinating to see what we’re the nuggets of information one needed to know to avoid an impolite confrontation. This gem came to me at a preview estate sale in Danbury CT conducted by my friend Justin of Just In Antiques. It’s also happening Saturday - leave a comment if you want the address. This goes under books I buy for the title alone. The joy is flipping through the pages for the proper etiquette at the table - “Don’t nite fruit at the table. Use a silver paring knife to remover the skin and cut the fruit in bite sized sections” or maybe you need to know when Washington died. “The last hour of the last day of the last month of the last year of the century.” Clearly smarter than the average smart phone - now you can be too! #rarebooks #vintagebooks #bookcollecting #argument #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

So now it’s matchbook “Tuesday” In 1911, Joseph Shapiro and 4 brothers, Russian emigrants, were selling ice cream and then moved to baking cones as well. From there they added straws and matches. In 1947 Joseph outvoted 14 other executives on his board and the Maryland company added cups under the Sweetheart brand - why they were against this we don’t know - maybe their cup hadn’t runneth over yet. Joseph died in 1968 but the company was still growing to the point where in 1981, when they were purchased by the Fort Howard Paper Co. they had 33 plants and 10k employees. Sold a few more times they were bought by the Solo company in 2004 for nearly a billion dollars - a Sweetheart deal at the time the cup and container industry has fallen on hard times and even Solo has had to down size. This faded but unique matchbook is an icon of the early days of the Sweetheart cup. #found #matchbook #matchbookcollecting #collecting #sweetheart #cups #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


So now it’s matchbook “Tuesday” In 1911, Joseph Shapiro and 4 brothers, Russian emigrants, were selling ice cream and then moved to baking cones as well. From there they added straws and matches. In 1947 Joseph outvoted 14 other executives on his board and the Maryland company added cups under the Sweetheart brand - why they were against this we don’t know - maybe their cup hadn’t runneth over yet. Joseph died in 1968 but the company was still growing to the point where in 1981, when they were purchased by the Fort Howard Paper Co. they had 33 plants and 10k employees. Sold a few more times they were bought by the Solo company in 2004 for nearly a billion dollars - a Sweetheart deal at the time the cup and container industry has fallen on hard times and even Solo has had to down size. This faded but unique matchbook is an icon of the early days of the Sweetheart cup. #matchbook #matchbookcollecting #collecting #sweetheart #cups #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Got memories? Someone posted this image of their relatives from the 1930s offering a small monetary prize for the best restoration. I restored the faded image on the right to something a little more clear and won the prize. Now, as an artist who is never satisfied with his work, I couldn’t accept the reward until I offered up a colorized version as well. If you have any old/damaged photos that could use a little (or a lot) of restoration - leave me a message in the comments. #found #vintagephoto #photorestoration #foundphoto #photography #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #urbanarcheology #colorization


Got memories? Someone posted this image of their relatives from the 1930s offering a small monetary prize for the best restoration. I restored the faded image on the right to something a little more clear and won the prize. Now, as an artist who is never satisfied with his work, I couldn’t accept the reward until I offered up a colorized version as well. If you have any old/damaged photos that could use a little (or a lot) of restoration - leave me a message in the comments. #vintagephoto #photorestoration #foundphoto #photography #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #urbanarcheology #colorization

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

This one page is really the keystone to understanding how many great unsung patriots have come before us. The woman who penned this could have easily been a First Lady and in addition should be honored on American currency today. Clearly, it is the silent heroes who seek no glorification and only want to set the best example - they are America and they are the ones I honor today. If I had my way everyone would know who Elizabeth Hutter was and why her simple note to her patriot brother on this date in 1876 is so very significant. #found #history #elizabethhutter #patriots #independenceday #july4th #foundastory #urbanarcheology #coolfinds


This one page is really the keystone to understanding how many great unsung patriots have come before us. The woman who penned this could have easily been a First Lady and in addition should be honored on American currency today. Clearly, it is the silent heroes who seek no glorification and only want to set the best example - they are America and they are the ones I honor today. If I had my way everyone would know who Elizabeth Hutter was and why her simple note to her patriot brother on this date in 1876 is so very significant. #history #elizabethhutter #patriots #independenceday #july4th #foundastory #urbanarcheology #coolfinds

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Happy Matchbook Monday! Long before there was a need for the Maytag Repairman - it will always be Jessie White for me - I couldn’t see Gordon Jump in any other role than “Mr Carlson” from WKRP in Cincinnati. Founded in 1893 this matchbook heralds 50 years of Maytag manufacturing history. This matchbook looks pretty good for being almost 76 years old! #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #maytag #vintage #collectables #maytagrepairman #oldgold #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Happy Matchbook Monday! Long before there was a need for the Maytag Repairman - it will always be Jessie White for me - I couldn’t see Gordon Jump in any other role than “Mr Carlson” from WKRP in Cincinnati. Founded in 1893 this matchbook heralds 50 years of Maytag manufacturing history. This matchbook looks pretty good for being almost 76 years old! #matchbook #matchbookmonday #maytag #vintage #collectables #maytagrepairman #oldgold #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

“A loaf of Bread, A jug of Wine, and.... nothing spectacular.”

#books #rarebooks #thingsfoundinbooks #rubaiyat #vitagebooks #annlanders #humor #history #estatesalefinds #middleburyct #foundastory #urbanarcheology
“A loaf of Bread, A jug of Wine, and.... nothing spectacular.” The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a classic. I have never read it, but being the oldest looking book at an estate sale guarantees I’ll give it a look. That’s what happen at an estate sale in Middlebury CT on Friday. I’m not planning to read it, though it’s probably on innumerable must-read lists. I’m interested in what’s been hidden inside. The Rubiayat did not disappoint. As you can see tucked inside was this column from Ann Landers in 1969. It’s a classic letter that would have you believe its real -however, it is far too entertaining to be a candid “Please publish this” letter. To sum it up - This wife admits that when she married her husband he was “nothing spectacular” in the looks department, but after 25 years of marriage is now a Chick Magnet. “Young or old drunk or sober” are attracted to him, and now fears she will lose him. It’s funny to try and interpret whats being said and its veracity because all my study of Fitzgerald’s work in translating Omar’s quatrains says the same. Though initially a poor seller the work caught on and became world renowned in the 19th century. Now it is mainly criticized for Fitzgerald’s seemingly bold admission that he really wasn’t sure exactly what was being said and made up his own interpretation. I’m sure Ann would probably confess a similar sin of some of her work as well. You’ll have to read and make up your own mind . For me? A loafer of a writer, too much wine and that’s all folks!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Say “Uncle!” Found photo restoration! My passion for vintage photos and their preservation has given me experience using Photoshop. Someone posted the top photo with the request: “Can someone help me see what my uncle would look like? This half shot of him is all we have.” Challenge: accepted! With less than half an uncle to work with I was able to reconstruct him using - a nose from a close relative (far right) - a chin/teeth from the female relative- and a tie from the gentleman standing next to him. This was the response from the family who posted it: “Ahhh dude, that’s amazing! My mother’s gonna love it. He passed nine years ago, we only found the photo recently and wondered what the other half looked like! Thank you so much!!!” I’ll never know what their uncle actually looked like, but if it elicits a response like that? I’d say - close enough. #found #vintagephotos #photorestoration #urbanarcheology #foundphotos #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #familyphotos #ohotography #oldphotos


Say “Uncle!” Found photo restoration! My passion for vintage photos and their preservation has given me experience using Photoshop. Someone posted the top photo with the request: “Can someone help me see what my uncle would look like? This half shot of him is all we have.” Challenge: accepted! With less than half an uncle to work with I was able to reconstruct him using - a nose from a close relative (far right) - a chin/teeth from the female relative- and a tie from the gentleman standing next to him. This was the response from the family who posted it: “Ahhh dude, that’s amazing! My mother’s gonna love it. He passed nine years ago, we only found the photo recently and wondered what the other half looked like! Thank you so much!!!” I’ll never know what their uncle actually looked like, but if it elicits a response like that? I’d say - close enough. #vintagephotos #photorestoration #urbanarcheology #foundphotos #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #familyphotos #ohotography #oldphotos

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Matchbook Monday presents: The stats of desperation. It’s easy to see when brands become so large that it becomes advantageous or even necessary to create a competitor. We see it in beer sales- feeling fat from our number one seller? Try our lite beer it’s less filling and it tastes great. They couldn’t just make their top seller different, no they had to make another product. Cigarettes were no different. Why make a cigarette everyone likes when you can come out with Cavalier. How do you detect strong in one product so that you know how to sell “Mild” in another? The makers of Camels found a way but I don’t think it worked. It wasn’t for lack of trying - the inside flap on this matchbook says it all in the oddest market groups study ever: 88% of seniors at a women’s college? ...% of pilots? ...% of tennis players at Forest Hills? ...% of golfers at Westchester clubs? ...% of nurses at leading hospitals? An interesting piece of surveying which would make this less of a matchbook and more of a full report in miniature. #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collecting #vintageadvertising #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds #smoking #smokers #cigarettes


Matchbook Monday presents: The stats of desperation. It’s easy to see when brands become so large that it becomes advantageous or even necessary to create a competitor. We see it in beer sales- feeling fat from our number one seller? Try our lite beer it’s less filling and it tastes great. They couldn’t just make their top seller different, no they had to make another product. Cigarettes were no different. Why make a cigarette everyone likes when you can come out with Cavalier. How do you detect strong in one product so that you know how to sell “Mild” in another? The makers of Camels found a way but I don’t think it worked. It wasn’t for lack of trying - the inside flap on this matchbook says it all in the oddest market groups study ever: 88% of seniors at a women’s college? ...% of pilots? ...% of tennis players at Forest Hills? ...% of golfers at Westchester clubs? ...% of nurses at leading hospitals? An interesting piece of surveying which would make this less of a matchbook and more of a full report in miniature. #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collecting #vintageadvertising #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds #smoking #smokers #cigarettes

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Matchbook Monday! Welcome to the Summertime Candy. In the early 20th century Clarence Crane was attempting to sell his chocolates year round but the warm weather was against him. Seeing the popularity of European mints he decided to improve upon the design. It seems that the timing of the loss of the Titanic and the creation of a life preserver shaped candy would be related - but it’s a wild guess on my part. Clarence didn’t see the first Pep-o-mints he made grow into the ubiquitous candy we enjoy today. He sold it not long after its creation to better marketers than he was. They repackaged and promoted Lifesavers going as far as to putting one package in every kit used by US servicemen during WWII. The idea was to remind them of home. It was sold to Wrigley in 2004 as a package with other brands for 1.5 billion. Not bad for something that started as a summertime candy that didn’t melt in the heat. #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #lifesavers #candy #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday! Welcome to the Summertime Candy. In the early 20th century Clarence Crane was attempting to sell his chocolates year round but the warm weather was against him. Seeing the popularity of European mints he decided to improve upon the design. It seems that the timing of the loss of the Titanic and the creation of a life preserver shaped candy would be related - but it’s a wild guess on my part. Clarence didn’t see the first Pep-o-mints he made grow into the ubiquitous candy we enjoy today. He sold it not long after its creation to better marketers than he was. They repackaged and promoted Lifesavers going as far as to putting one package in every kit used by US servicemen during WWII. The idea was to remind them of home. It was sold to Wrigley in 2004 as a package with other brands for 1.5 billion. Not bad for something that started as a summertime candy that didn’t melt in the heat. #matchbook #matchbookmonday #lifesavers #candy #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

There’s a name for non-coin coins and medallions but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with it until I asked on another forum. (exonumia) This was a “desk” discovery- another great place to hunt for treasure at estate sales. The center draw is like then”junk” drawer in your kitchen a literal catch-all for the oddest things. This oversized keychain fob was in among other neat collectibles that all deserve deeper research. This duplicate is also a mystery. A cast mock-up of the 1938 coin is a random choice or was it?....and just 4 times the size. Who made these? #found #money #mystery #exonumia #buffalonickel #coins #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #keyring


There’s a name for non-coin coins and medallions but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with it until I asked on another forum. (exonumia) This was a “desk” discovery- another great place to hunt for treasure at estate sales. The center draw is like then”junk” drawer in your kitchen a literal catch-all for the oddest things. This oversized keychain fob was in among other neat collectibles that all deserve deeper research. This duplicate is also a mystery. A cast mock-up of the 1938 coin is a random choice or was it?....and just 4 times the size. Who made these? #money #mystery #exonumia #buffalonickel #coins #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #keyring

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Matchbook Monday (was 2 days ago) but I bring you this matchbook with which to light the peace pipe of forgiveness. I have always considered the elevator business to be - break-even - because Ups = Downs Otis elevator has been in the news lately due to a very large merger in Connecticut. More interesting is how Otis came to be - Elisha Graves Otis was a mechanic in Albany in the 1840s. He was employed by a factory with large machinery and knew how to maintain and install it. Assisting the installation of machines at another factory he knew the perils of hoisting heavy equipment and the danger of it breaking or coming loose. He developed a braking design to make heavy lifting safer. When he applied it to existing designs for elevators the result was skepticism. It took a public exhibition with Otis himself in a demonstration where the elevator cable was cut with the inventor inside. His system worked and the rest is history. He created a solution that lead to the expansion of elevator use and the proliferation of high rise buildings. Otis didn’t invent the elevator he invented the breaking device that would make an elevator safer. This matchbook from 1953 commemorates the 100th year of the company’s existence. Amazing how the prevalence of smoking could place this kind of spot advertising in the hands of millions so confidently. Today, it’s hard to imagine what the relationship between smoking and elevators could be. On the upside - the merger, which involves the parent company of Otis Elevator, will not result in the company leaving Connecticut. #found #Matchbook #vintage #collecting #otiselevator #matchbookmonday #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday (was 2 days ago) but I bring you this matchbook with which to light the peace pipe of forgiveness. I have always considered the elevator business to be - break-even - because Ups = Downs Otis elevator has been in the news lately due to a very large merger in Connecticut. More interesting is how Otis came to be - Elisha Graves Otis was a mechanic in Albany in the 1840s. He was employed by a factory with large machinery and knew how to maintain and install it. Assisting the installation of machines at another factory he knew the perils of hoisting heavy equipment and the danger of it breaking or coming loose. He developed a braking design to make heavy lifting safer. When he applied it to existing designs for elevators the result was skepticism. It took a public exhibition with Otis himself in a demonstration where the elevator cable was cut with the inventor inside. His system worked and the rest is history. He created a solution that lead to the expansion of elevator use and the proliferation of high rise buildings. Otis didn’t invent the elevator he invented the breaking device that would make an elevator safer. This matchbook from 1953 commemorates the 100th year of the company’s existence. Amazing how the prevalence of smoking could place this kind of spot advertising in the hands of millions so confidently. Today, it’s hard to imagine what the relationship between smoking and elevators could be. On the upside - the merger, which involves the parent company of Otis Elevator, will not result in the company leaving Connecticut. #Matchbook #vintage #collecting #otiselevator #matchbookmonday #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

It is only fitting that this 1935 ticket reads “this little bookmark commemorates your visit to NBCs Radio City studios” and that I would find it in a book. It must have been a big deal to be on this tour that year. The design of the stub allows the holder to snap it over a button and wear it during the tour as a badge. Of all the things I have found in books- this is my favorite. #found #bookmarks #thingsfoundinbools #NBCradio #ephemera vintageradio #unique #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory


It is only fitting that this 1935 ticket reads “this little bookmark commemorates your visit to NBCs Radio City studios” and that I would find it in a book. It must have been a big deal to be on this tour that year. The design of the stub allows the holder to snap it over a button and wear it during the tour as a badge. Of all the things I have found in books- this is my favorite. #bookmarks #thingsfoundinbools #NBCradio #ephemera vintageradio #unique #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Photo-restoration is a professional skill, but even deep in an estate sale you can take a stab at it with your phone....to build a relationship with the seller. This image of a medium-large mansion in Virginia was pointed out to me as being “somewhere around the house under a pile of books.” Adding “it’s pretty faded.” That was all I needed to go hunting. I found the photo and the frame with glass all in a heap and quickly snapped the top image. The resulting restoration is not perfect but enough to impress the husband of the seller. The home had been part of his family’s estate several generations ago. I found what I was looking for and it didn’t cost a penny. #found #foundphoto #photorestoration #vintagephoto #oldvirginia #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #frugallife


Photo-restoration is a professional skill, but even deep in an estate sale you can take a stab at it with your phone....to build a relationship with the seller. This image of a medium-large mansion in Virginia was pointed out to me as being “somewhere around the house under a pile of books.” Adding “it’s pretty faded.” That was all I needed to go hunting. I found the photo and the frame with glass all in a heap and quickly snapped the top image. The resulting restoration is not perfect but enough to impress the husband of the seller. The home had been part of his family’s estate several generations ago. I found what I was looking for and it didn’t cost a penny. #foundphoto #photorestoration #vintagephoto #oldvirginia #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #frugallife

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Popeye was no "HAM" even though it would have gone good with Spinach.


I recently found myself the owner of a thick pile of Ham radio callsign cards. These fascinate me because each is a recording of a specific date, time and place...and are personalized. They are an officiating of signal received between to “Hams” to signify quality of signal and create an opportunity to network further. I like this one because if it’s use of Popeye the Sailor. I guess that these could be ordered and customized however the send wished. This one is from 1964 and sadly the sending died on 1985. Out of respect I have added this image to the memorial search site www.findagrave.com. So family members may more easily discover it.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

A new trunk for you and your big head.

#estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #vintageads #19thcenturyadvertising #humor
A new trunk for you and your big head. This is an 1892 ad for a new kind of trunk with a lid that won’t break the plaster when opened flush with the wall. The inventor calls it “Common Sense” but I call it a classic. Now I’ll have to go looking for this style at the next dig.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Happy Matchbook Monday! This late 60s early 70s matchbook has me confused. A short leap on a Monday. Rather than the gender-less turtle I remember ads tempting me to draw (or was it the sea captain?) I have never seen this one. Who is the appeal to? My own gender bias (the people used in ads are often there to emulate the very people the ad is aimed at) tells me that this is meant to encourage a female audience, but then there’s that symbol on the reverse. At a time when gender symbols for male and female were fast becoming part of pop culture it is strange to me how this modified symbol for the male gender has a useful place on this promotion. Not to mention, but I will, that the contest was just a scam to develop leads for an overpriced correspondence course. No matter, I love it for all its faults. I’ll be entering to win today! Wish me luck. #found #matchbookmonday #matchbook #vintageads #collectibles #foundastory #genderbias #drawme #scams #contests #urbanarcheology


Happy Matchbook Monday! This late 60s early 70s matchbook has me confused. A short leap on a Monday. Rather than the gender-less turtle I remember ads tempting me to draw (or was it the sea captain?) I have never seen this one. Who is the appeal to? My own gender bias (the people used in ads are often there to emulate the very people the ad is aimed at) tells me that this is meant to encourage a female audience, but then there’s that symbol on the reverse. At a time when gender symbols for male and female were fast becoming part of pop culture it is strange to me how this modified symbol for the male gender has a useful place on this promotion. Not to mention, but I will, that the contest was just a scam to develop leads for an overpriced correspondence course. No matter, I love it for all its faults. I’ll be entering to win today! Wish me luck. #matchbookmonday #matchbook #vintageads #collectibles #foundastory #genderbias #drawme #scams #contests #urbanarcheology

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Be an early bird for an estate sale and this is what you’ll see. If I had been an earlier bird I could be in that line. No matter - for what I seek it almost doesn’t matter what time I get there, though early is better. Good sale-ing weather for Saturday - happy hunting! #found #estatesales #justinantiquesatthebrickhouse #treasurehunting #connecticut #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Be an early bird for an estate sale and this is what you’ll see. If I had been an earlier bird I could be in that line. No matter - for what I seek it almost doesn’t matter what time I get there, though early is better. Good sale-ing weather for Saturday - happy hunting! #estatesales #justinantiquesatthebrickhouse #treasurehunting #connecticut #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I drove down to Florida with my parents when I was 16. From NY to FLA it was a long time in the family truckster. Fortunately, right at the halfway point there was this oasis in a sea of boredom. SOUTH OF THE BORDER If you’ve ever taken the trip I don’t need to tell you that the journey there was precluded by billboard after billboard of campy quotes and words of wisdom by the SotB mascot “Pedro.” Each one giving the ever shrinking “miles to go” countdown. This matchbook has to be from the 70s as it features the I-95 locale and displays the giant Pedro sign. It still exists today though it has been reduced in size some due to competition and original owner passing in 2001. I actually got to go and all I remember was a video game parlor that could rival any Vegas gaming floor. It was a slice of heaven for a teen. #found #vintageads #matchbook #collectibles #travel #vintagetourism #touristtrap #southofthebordersc #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


I drove down to Florida with my parents when I was 16. From NY to FLA it was a long time in the family truckster. Fortunately, right at the halfway point there was this oasis in a sea of boredom. SOUTH OF THE BORDER If you’ve ever taken the trip I don’t need to tell you that the journey there was precluded by billboard after billboard of campy quotes and words of wisdom by the SotB mascot “Pedro.” Each one giving the ever shrinking “miles to go” countdown. This matchbook has to be from the 70s as it features the I-95 locale and displays the giant Pedro sign. It still exists today though it has been reduced in size some due to competition and original owner passing in 2001. I actually got to go and all I remember was a video game parlor that could rival any Vegas gaming floor. It was a slice of heaven for a teen. #vintageads #matchbook #collectibles #travel #vintagetourism #touristtrap #southofthebordersc #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Originally known as “Decoration Day” Memorial Day was not made a federal holiday until 1971. Since the Civil War, many communities and States set aside a day around this time of year to decorate the graves of the fallen with flowers. World War 1 signified the need to decorate the graves of soldiers from all wars. #found #history #memorialday #illustration #war #rememberance #foundastory


Originally known as “Decoration Day” Memorial Day was not made a federal holiday until 1971. Since the Civil War, many communities and States set aside a day around this time of year to decorate the graves of the fallen with flowers. World War 1 signified the need to decorate the graves of soldiers from all wars. #history #memorialday #illustration #war #rememberance #foundastory

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Cool letterhead of the day. Maley and Caroline were fruit and vegetable shippers in 1922. If you wanted Grapes by the freight car load these were the ones to go with. My favorite coincidence with this is the age matching the NYC address. #found #foundpaper #vintageletterhead #newyorkcity #fruitsandveggies #ephemera #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


Cool letterhead of the day. Maley and Caroline were fruit and vegetable shippers in 1922. If you wanted Grapes by the freight car load these were the ones to go with. My favorite coincidence with this is the age matching the NYC address. #foundpaper #vintageletterhead #newyorkcity #fruitsandveggies #ephemera #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A fact of Urban Archeology is knowing everything that has come before has a story. The challenge is finding that story. Example: this image of a young girl I just developed. She has a story to tell but I can only hope to find more than a thimble full. Someday... #found #foundphoto #vintagephotography #mystery #urbanarcheology #photography #vintage #photodeveloping #cool


A fact of Urban Archeology is knowing everything that has come before has a story. The challenge is finding that story. Example: this image of a young girl I just developed. She has a story to tell but I can only hope to find more than a thimble full. Someday... #foundphoto #vintagephotography #mystery #urbanarcheology #photography #vintage #photodeveloping #cool

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Spent an awesome Sunday afternoon with an appreciative audience at the Trumbull Historical Society sharing some of the best of my Military discoveries and stories. Special thanks to Kevin Drake and Board members of the Society for inviting me. #found #publicspeaking #trumbull #trumbullhistoricalsociety #history #storytelling #nostalgia #reminiscing #urbanarcheology #foundastory


Spent an awesome Sunday afternoon with an appreciative audience at the Trumbull Historical Society sharing some of the best of my Military discoveries and stories. Special thanks to Kevin Drake and Board members of the Society for inviting me. #publicspeaking #trumbull #trumbullhistoricalsociety #history #storytelling #nostalgia #reminiscing #urbanarcheology #foundastory

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

War, Women and Wild discoveries will be featured at my next live presentation Sunday 2pm at the Trumbull Historical Society. Discoveries like this book on a pivotal Cannon foundry in northwestern CT which was taken over by the revolutionaries early in the war. This rare book #80 of 202 came out of a not so ancient mansion on a hilltop in South Kent. That’s a portrait of Washington friend and patriot Johnathan Trumbull - the namesake of the Town I’ll be visiting this weekend. #found #publicpresentation #confessions #localhistory #trumbullct #publicspeaking #estatesale #foundastory


War, Women and Wild discoveries will be featured at my next live presentation Sunday 2pm at the Trumbull Historical Society. Discoveries like this book on a pivotal Cannon foundry in northwestern CT which was taken over by the revolutionaries early in the war. This rare book #80 of 202 came out of a not so ancient mansion on a hilltop in South Kent. That’s a portrait of Washington friend and patriot Johnathan Trumbull - the namesake of the Town I’ll be visiting this weekend. #publicpresentation #confessions #localhistory #trumbullct #publicspeaking #estatesale #foundastory

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Marketing is hard.

#Marketingishard #advertising #turnofthecentury #ephemera #photography #whatsinaname #humor #funny #psycho #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds
Marketing is hard. This ad is proof of that. Look, if you are named Cyrenius and you really want to go into the photographic paper business with your buddy Jim Kohanza. Don’t meet over drinks and come up with a company that will be the mashup of both of your names. Also, don’t then create products that use the company name like “Art -CyKo.” And by any and all means do not then use that product to 1-up your entire company name. This is a quote from the ad - “Art CyKo out-CyKos all other CyKos”. Don’t do that... ...unless of course you’re some kind of psycho.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The games we played so many years ago prepared us for the challenges of adult life... I wonder how many kids would become surgeons if this form of “Pre-med” hadn’t given us all a mild form of PTSD. #found #vintagegames #lifelessons #humor #operation #trynottogetburned #itsallfunandgames


The games we played so many years ago prepared us for the challenges of adult life... I wonder how many kids would become surgeons if this form of “Pre-med” hadn’t given us all a mild form of PTSD. #vintagegames #lifelessons #humor #operation #trynottogetburned #itsallfunandgames

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Let’s go to the Moose Fair! $3000 was a lot of money in 1928. In 2019 dollars? $43,566.42. Gambling and games of chance, lotteries have always fascinated us to the point where we will save even losing tickets for years and years. The Loyal Order of Moose (or Elks - take your pick) parodied so well in The Flintsones still exist today. Sadly, this Waterbury lodge no longer answers the call of the wild. The petit-agreement on the front which states: “I hereby donate 10cents” was likely a way for an organization to skirt gaming regulators and local religious leaders for gambling without the permission of a higher authority. However, at 10 cents a ticket....how does an organization sell in excess of 30,000 tickets in order to raise funds? I’m always in search of an Historical Accountant who can help me figure some of the past math problems I’ve uncovered. #found #foundpaper #vintagegambling #historyofraffletickets #mooselodge #fraternalorganization #oldpaper #neat #vintageaccounting #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #oldtickets #ephemera


Let’s go to the Moose Fair! $3000 was a lot of money in 1928. In 2019 dollars? $43,566.42. Gambling and games of chance, lotteries have always fascinated us to the point where we will save even losing tickets for years and years. The Loyal Order of Moose (or Elks - take your pick) parodied so well in The Flintsones still exist today. Sadly, this Waterbury lodge no longer answers the call of the wild. The petit-agreement on the front which states: “I hereby donate 10cents” was likely a way for an organization to skirt gaming regulators and local religious leaders for gambling without the permission of a higher authority. However, at 10 cents a ticket....how does an organization sell in excess of 30,000 tickets in order to raise funds? I’m always in search of an Historical Accountant who can help me figure some of the past math problems I’ve uncovered. #foundpaper #vintagegambling #historyofraffletickets #mooselodge #fraternalorganization #oldpaper #neat #vintageaccounting #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #oldtickets #ephemera

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Very old dealership business card. Found in a desknof old papers from 1920s and 30s. The mystery for the day is - was is “Fordson” a sideline business of one of Henry’s kids? #found #oldpaper #vintageautomobiles #ephemera #autos #Ford #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds #antiquecars


Very old dealership business card. Found in a desknof old papers from 1920s and 30s. The mystery for the day is - was is “Fordson” a sideline business of one of Henry’s kids? #oldpaper #vintageautomobiles #ephemera #autos #Ford #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds #antiquecars

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I enjoy finding vintage ads that seem peculiar or out of place - not to mention out of time. Take this Grape Nuts ad torn from an early 20th century magazine. This depicts a young man of 15 and the supposed physique he has achieved Is due to the consumption of Grape Nuts and no meat. More important- he’s not just any boy, he’s the son of Elbert Hubbard. Elbert was a well known humorist, author, publisher and founder of the Arts and Crafts movement in Aurora NY (near Buffalo). The amazing part of the story is that while researching Elbert I learn that he’s published a book about the homes of American Statesman. “I know this book.” I went over to one of my stacks of books - mainly purchased out of curiosity. There it was “Little Journeys to the Home’s of American Statesman.” One of a volume of 14 books with similar titles. note: image of Henry Clay in lower right. Elbert and his wife came to a strange end as guests aboard the ill-fated Lusitania. A witness on board the ship recounted that instead of heading to the lifeboats they came out on deck and turned around and went back in and were lost when the ship went down. A few years earlier Elbert Hubbard had written of a woman who also went down with the HMS Titanic - claiming that it was the dignified way to die. #found #history #vintageadvertising #weirdhistory #grapenuts #marketing #books #rarebooks #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory


I enjoy finding vintage ads that seem peculiar or out of place - not to mention out of time. Take this Grape Nuts ad torn from an early 20th century magazine. This depicts a young man of 15 and the supposed physique he has achieved Is due to the consumption of Grape Nuts and no meat. More important- he’s not just any boy, he’s the son of Elbert Hubbard. Elbert was a well known humorist, author, publisher and founder of the Arts and Crafts movement in Aurora NY (near Buffalo). The amazing part of the story is that while researching Elbert I learn that he’s published a book about the homes of American Statesman. “I know this book.” I went over to one of my stacks of books - mainly purchased out of curiosity. There it was “Little Journeys to the Home’s of American Statesman.” One of a volume of 14 books with similar titles. note: image of Henry Clay in lower right. Elbert and his wife came to a strange end as guests aboard the ill-fated Lusitania. A witness on board the ship recounted that instead of heading to the lifeboats they came out on deck and turned around and went back in and were lost when the ship went down. A few years earlier Elbert Hubbard had written of a woman who also went down with the HMS Titanic - claiming that it was the dignified way to die. #history #vintageadvertising #weirdhistory #grapenuts #marketing #books #rarebooks #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

It was whirlwind tour of the tri-state region this past weekend as I took the Urban Archeologist Road-show out to Long Island and New Jersey. A day later this appreciative audience at the Atria Tanglewood Senior Living Communities In Lynbrook NY shared their review with the engaged life activities director. Getting a review of your performance from any audience is gold. #found #publicspeaking #atriaseniorliving #lynbrookny #remeniscing #storytelling #history #foundastory #urbanarcheology #letterofthanks


It was whirlwind tour of the tri-state region this past weekend as I took the Urban Archeologist Road-show out to Long Island and New Jersey. A day later this appreciative audience at the Atria Tanglewood Senior Living Communities In Lynbrook NY shared their review with the engaged life activities director. Getting a review of your performance from any audience is gold. #publicspeaking #atriaseniorliving #lynbrookny #remeniscing #storytelling #history #foundastory #urbanarcheology #letterofthanks

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