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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. 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. #Marketingishard #found #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. #Marketingishard #advertising #turnofthecentury #ephemera #photography #whatsinaname #humor #funny #psycho #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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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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