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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Another mystery to solve! I am researching individual pieces from this group of artifacts I posted earlier. These WWII torpedo men worked at the USNTTR Overhaul shop on Montauk LI. Those initials aren’t defined in the Navy guide - the first 3 are! Could be Torpedo Training Repair? I also have 3 names signed on the back of this picture- two from CT - I am hoping to find a relative or maybe a long retired veteran. #found #vintagephoto #wwii #montauk #history #veterans #foundphotos #mystery #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Another mystery to solve! I am researching individual pieces from this group of artifacts I posted earlier. These WWII torpedo men worked at the USNTTR Overhaul shop on Montauk LI. Those initials aren’t defined in the Navy guide - the first 3 are! Could be Torpedo Training Repair? I also have 3 names signed on the back of this picture- two from CT - I am hoping to find a relative or maybe a long retired veteran. #vintagephoto #wwii #montauk #history #veterans #foundphotos #mystery #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Another glass negative without a backstory. What to do. What to do... Merle and Karl were demolishing the old factory and the work was piling up. “Karl, I wish you’d pick up the pace.” Merle could see a 4 day contract turning into an eight day for the same pay. “Oh you think I’m going slow? Take a look in the mirror!” Karl tossed a brick hitting the already chipped mirror next to Merle and both men watched it turn instantly into a pile of shards. “Nice going karl. You not only slowed us down by four days, you just added 7 years bad luck on top of it all.” Merle stormed over to Karl, “Bad luck? You want bad luck? How ‘bout if I- “ “Boys Boys! My father figured you’d be spending more time tearing each other down than this part of the factory.” Wendy surprised them both as they froze in mid fight to watch the other reason they both fought walk through the door. “I brought your lunch pails. Are you going to fight or are you going to eat? By the way, my father’s coming in with a photographer to capture this demolition on film - so, um, look presentable.” Wendy put the pails down as her father walked in with the photographer. The picture that was finally chosen was the only one that could have worked - with Wendy standing between the combatants and promising a date with both that she would later deny, but the job was finished on time. Wendy became the company’s first fore-women due to her ingenuity with employ relations. Merle and Karl never worked together again. #found #foundphotos #vintagephotography #glassnegatives #foundastory #fiction #makebelievestories #factoryworkers #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology


Another glass negative without a backstory. What to do. What to do... Merle and Karl were demolishing the old factory and the work was piling up. “Karl, I wish you’d pick up the pace.” Merle could see a 4 day contract turning into an eight day for the same pay. “Oh you think I’m going slow? Take a look in the mirror!” Karl tossed a brick hitting the already chipped mirror next to Merle and both men watched it turn instantly into a pile of shards. “Nice going karl. You not only slowed us down by four days, you just added 7 years bad luck on top of it all.” Merle stormed over to Karl, “Bad luck? You want bad luck? How ‘bout if I- “ “Boys Boys! My father figured you’d be spending more time tearing each other down than this part of the factory.” Wendy surprised them both as they froze in mid fight to watch the other reason they both fought walk through the door. “I brought your lunch pails. Are you going to fight or are you going to eat? By the way, my father’s coming in with a photographer to capture this demolition on film - so, um, look presentable.” Wendy put the pails down as her father walked in with the photographer. The picture that was finally chosen was the only one that could have worked - with Wendy standing between the combatants and promising a date with both that she would later deny, but the job was finished on time. Wendy became the company’s first fore-women due to her ingenuity with employ relations. Merle and Karl never worked together again. #foundphotos #vintagephotography #glassnegatives #foundastory #fiction #makebelievestories #factoryworkers #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

With the launch and return of 3 rockets by SpaceX I wonder if we’ll see a return to cars designed as “rockets” to emulate the futuristic dreams of consumers. This ultra glossy card was tucked in a book at a sale I visited last month. #found #vintageauto #vintageadvertising #cars #travel #space #future #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


With the launch and return of 3 rockets by SpaceX I wonder if we’ll see a return to cars designed as “rockets” to emulate the futuristic dreams of consumers. This ultra glossy card was tucked in a book at a sale I visited last month. #vintageauto #vintageadvertising #cars #travel #space #future #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

My latest talk in Kew Gardens, Queens - appearing with my backup band - The Gibson Girls. I feature this image in many of my talks and like to see the audience response to the expression on the faces of these long-ago ladies. None are smiling - and when I ask why - a good discussion follows as everyone guesses. Can you guess why? #found #publicspeaking #foundphoto #vintagephotography #gibsongirls #foundastory #urbanarcheology #queensny


My latest talk in Kew Gardens, Queens - appearing with my backup band - The Gibson Girls. I feature this image in many of my talks and like to see the audience response to the expression on the faces of these long-ago ladies. None are smiling - and when I ask why - a good discussion follows as everyone guesses. Can you guess why? #publicspeaking #foundphoto #vintagephotography #gibsongirls #foundastory #urbanarcheology #queensny

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Matchbook Monday:If your wife can’t cook... “VIRGINIA is for lovers...” used to be the state slogan. Maybe that didn’t apply to people that were also married. #found #humour #humor #matchbook #virginia #vintagecollectibles #maritalissues #foundastory #estaesalefinds


Matchbook Monday:If your wife can’t cook... “VIRGINIA is for lovers...” used to be the state slogan. Maybe that didn’t apply to people that were also married. #humour #humor #matchbook #virginia #vintagecollectibles #maritalissues #foundastory #estaesalefinds

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Which came first - the lightbulb or the lightbulb over Edison’s head when he thought up the lightbulb? #found #edison #lightbulb #invention #showerthoughts #brightideas #stampcollecting #philately #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Which came first - the lightbulb or the lightbulb over Edison’s head when he thought up the lightbulb? #edison #lightbulb #invention #showerthoughts #brightideas #stampcollecting #philately #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Happy Tartan Day! I hope this counts - this pristine drawing is another from the log my grandfather kept while a captive of the Germans during WWI. Signed by Pete in 1917. #found #wwi #art #captivecreations #prisonerart #tartanday


Happy Tartan Day! I hope this counts - this pristine drawing is another from the log my grandfather kept while a captive of the Germans during WWI. Signed by Pete in 1917. #wwi #art #captivecreations #prisonerart #tartanday

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Friday, April 5, 2019

How much mold am I willing to endure to preserve the past? I will share the discovery of this as yet undated unidentified gem. Well, I’ll give out a hint - it’s a map likely from the 19th century. More to follow. #found #vintagemaps #newmilford #connecticut #waitforit #foundastory #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology


How much mold am I willing to endure to preserve the past? I will share the discovery of this as yet undated unidentified gem. Well, I’ll give out a hint - it’s a map likely from the 19th century. More to follow. #vintagemaps #newmilford #connecticut #waitforit #foundastory #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

I wish I could go back in time and whisper into the photographer’s ear to “make sure your back is to the sun.” I had a talk in Bethlehem, CT last night and the audience accepted my offer to teach them how to process glass and celluloid negatives using just their smart phones. Negatives like the one you see here are easy to process - even easier if the camera person listened to my whispers. #found #vintagephotos #foundphotos #glassnegatives #diydarkroom #historyrevealed #foundastory #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology


I wish I could go back in time and whisper into the photographer’s ear to “make sure your back is to the sun.” I had a talk in Bethlehem, CT last night and the audience accepted my offer to teach them how to process glass and celluloid negatives using just their smart phones. Negatives like the one you see here are easy to process - even easier if the camera person listened to my whispers. #vintagephotos #foundphotos #glassnegatives #diydarkroom #historyrevealed #foundastory #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A Connecticut serviceman’s contribution to the Second World War.

#wwiihistory #veterans #connecticut #history #foundphotos #foundastory #estatesales #urbanarcheology #justinantiquesatthebrickhouse
I am preparing this exhibit of a Connecticut serviceman’s contribution to the Second World War. I picked this up at a sale going in New Milford in which the entire contents of the home are up for sale. I’ll be presenting this as part of my presentation tonight at the Bethlehem Connecticut Public Library at 7pm.

 This is sadly too common a site where veteran’s records and personal experiences are potentially lost forever.  The family is often not in a position to take on all the possessions for the older generations. They must be sold so the family can move on.  I can't take on the full responsibility of archiving, but I can resume and restore these things so current and future generations can appreciate the life history at a time when many were required to give all.

I hope that by shining a little light on this veteran and these pieces of history visitors will see that they deserve more than just a featured spot on the auction block. Thanks (again) to Justin Krul of Just-In Antiques at the Brickhouse in New Milford, for giving me the opportunity to find and preserve this.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

For the record... you really should be careful about collecting these. Watch this short video to here the clip- https://youtu.be/J9SaBct10XA #found #radiocommercial #vintagecars #advertising #recordcollecting #foundastory #estatesalefinds


For the record... you really should be careful about collecting these. Watch this short video to here the clip- https://youtu.be/J9SaBct10XA #radiocommercial #vintagecars #advertising #recordcollecting #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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1787 Massachusetts Land Agreement - Estate Sale Pick - Almost.

#vintagedocuments #Estatesales #justinantiques #newmilfordct #history #foundastory #urbanarcheology
It takes great will and fortitude to pass up documents like this one from 1787. The sale offering this document is to be held Friday and Saturday by my friend Justin, of Just-in Antiques at the Brickhouse. His store is on Route 7 but the sale is located on Connelly Rd also in New Milford if you’re in the area.
One thing I wanted to point out - It was a small challenge to read this piece of family history.  The language of the time is less direct or as precise as it is today (lol!) The more interesting details is that among the signatures several, though neatly penned, have an "x" in what appears to be a middle initial. However, underneath these is the word "marked" meaning that someone signed for them and they confirmed the acknowledgment with the "x." It is possible that they were either too enfeebled to sign or illiterate.
This is the kind of purchase that, although destructive, would be fun to remove from the frame to see what is on the reverse side.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Matchbook Monday: Deason’s Motel in Georgetown SC.

#travel #motel #vintagematchbooks #southcarolina #vacationspots #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology
Guests of the Urban Archeologist stay at the luxurious Deason’s Motel in Georgetown SC. Featuring “New-Modern TV” and air-conditioning. I looked and unfortunately either the Deason’s have gone, or the motel or both. There is a post card available on eBay that shows what the grounds looked like in the late 1950s. This matchbook is early 1950s based on the phone number. I wonder how much space those "new modern TVs" took up in each room.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Short Beer Anyone?

#coors #beer #foundastory #porcelain #urbanarcheology #breweriana #alcohol
May all your problems with alcohol be ones that are very very small. Please enjoy this short beer while you view my blog.
Adolph Coors family name was originally spelled Kuhrs and immigrated from Prussia in the 19th century. He settled in Denver and found a partner with some financing and the company was born. Coors bought out the partner and the brewer grew from there.

 At one point the company had a malted milk processing plant and a porcelain business as a revenue stream during Prohibition. These were never huge money makers, but I wonder if this unmarked mini-mug came from the factory.

After going through mergers and partnerships- Molson In 2005, and SABMiller In 2008 - the brand among others from the company still pumps out 20 million barrels a day.

Remember to raise your glass of either beer or malted milk, no matter how tiny, on April 7th - the anniversary of the repeal of the Volstead act ending Prohibition.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Matchbox Monday Night! Now batting...

#matchbox #tedwillaims #redsox #collectibles #vintagebaseball #foundastory #urbanarcheology
Matchbox Monday Night! Now batting - this Ohio Blue tip box cover featuring Ted Williams dates from 1955. Neither his name nor the Red Sox are present. I am only relying on every other post on eBay or Etsy of this box. They say it’s him without any reference but who am I to believe?
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This 1950 era truck stop matchbook is somewhat of a mystery.

#matchbook #truckstop #missouri #trucking #vintagematchbook #vintagetravel #foundastory #urbanarcheology #1950s
This 1950 era truck stop matchbook is somewhat of a mystery. Probably an oasis for truckers at the time with its showers and bunk rooms. They even sold don Fraser’s own brand of gas. My search has only hit a dead end. Seems to have been a big deal In Missouri and Illinois with 4 locations. I’ll have to climb in my big rig and go see for my self.
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Monday, March 11, 2019

I visited Atria Senior Living in Waterford on Sunday

#atriaseniorliving #publicspeaking #foundastory #waterford #connecticut
I visited Atria Senior Living in Waterford on Sunday morning and entertained a friendly crowd with my stories of Hidden History.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Just completed another talk at the Brookfield Historical Society.

#publicspeaking #connecticut #brookfieldhistoricalsociety
Just completed another talk at the Brookfield Historical Society. 17+ people were nice enough to hang with me through the tales I weaves around my military-themed discoveries.

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I like finding evidence of the vibrant single owner motels that used to dot the highway

#travel #maine #vacation #motelsfromthepast #ephemera #foundastory #urbanarcheology
I like finding evidence of the vibrant single owner motels that used to dot the highways and vacation spots. If the same one(waiting to hear from the current owners off season) this place is still around and boasts the most economic stay in the area -How? Sometimes folks just want a clean room and a bath and let the surroundings be the awesome amenities. I hope they’re still around - I would definitely stay here.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

I have created a display for those hidden treasures- that are no hidden.

#artinstallations #displaysofantiques #lostandfoundintime #foundastory #urbanarcheology #bethelpubliclibrary #connecticut
I have created a display for those hidden treasures- that are no hidden. Stop by the Bethel Public Library through April 19th and see what needed to be found. Or, just zoom in on this mini collage and enjoy the virtual-ness of it all.
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Happy 110th birthday to this penny!

#coincollecting #lincolnpenny #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds
Happy 110th birthday to this penny. Not the most rare from this year but a neat addition to my collection and the oldest Lincoln I own.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

This desk full of old papers

#history #oldpaper #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #darkbasementparadise #foundastory #oldconnecticut #morrisconnecticut
It might been cool finding King Tut’s tomb, but his desk full of old papers would have been my aim. The reason why most of the drawers are missing? I bought them. A dig!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A 1942 Aussie penny

#coincollecting #australia #wwii #1942 #foundastory #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology
A 1942 Aussie penny with a World War II connection? I can only hope to make a connection.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

On the whole - I’d rather be surfing.

#sheetmusic #surfing #thesurfaris #drumsolo #1960s #foundastory #estatesalefinds
On the whole - I’d rather be surfing. This was originally written by the Surfaris, and the covered by the Ventures. I was curious how the drumming would be written as notes in the sheet music -or if the single lyric “WIPEOUT” would be in there at the top- it wasn’t. Still, a classic that upon hearing it can turn any flat surface into a drum kit.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Russian night vision goggles!

#gearfordigging #nightvision #gadgetology #coolstuff #estatesale #urbanarcheology #foundastory
The nerd in me told the geek in me that it was ok to buy these Russian night vision goggles at an estate sale today. Yes! They work! Dark basement or attic? No problem!
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

STOP! in the name of history hunting!

#foundpaper #music #thesupremes #1967 #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds #dianaross
I picked this gem up a few weeks ago. This first edition (for 1967) of the Supremes fan club news letter. The big announcement was the release of their new single “Now you’re gone...”. And a tease for a possible movie deal. A neat piece of 60s music history with a separate letter asking club members to remit 50 cents for the next to editions.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A good friend posted the image on the left....

#oldphoto #photoretouching #photoshop #beforeandafter #foundastory #urbanarcheology
A good friend posted the image on the left.... I saw it as “challenge accepted.” If you have an old family photo that needs rescue restoration - drop me a line. Photoshop is a hell of a drug.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Matchbook Monday: Stop worrying about heart disease and cancer!

#matchbookmonday #matches #smoking #coffinnails #foundastory #urbanarcheology
Matchbook Monday: Stop worrying about heart disease and cancer! Smoke Sano. A nice alternative to the regular filter less coffin nails from the 1950s. Unfortunately, all the flavor comes from the nicotine - so these were poor sellers and eventually squeezed out by other brands. No great loss. Nice condition for being 60 or more years old.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

I love old books, in fact, the older the better.

#books #bookcollecting #andrewjackson #presidents #1837 #foundastory #urbanarcheology
I love old books, in fact, the older the better. This tomb of “Jackson’s Messages” was written in 1837- while Andrew Jackson was still alive. I had to pick it up - it’s a pleasure to handle a book that has lasted 182 years.
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