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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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