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Old 09-23-2019, 06:11 PM
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Was demolishing an old house at work . Its been an office building since the 60's but before that a regular house. In the 80's one of the owners of our company bought it and based his excavating company out of it until he merged with us in '98. Then it was just rented to random business.
Thier building a new office building in it place so Friday I knocked it down with an excavator and loaded it out into dump trucks. I was told it was probably built in the 30's but since it had the original slate roof and clay square tile foundation blocks I figured it was older.
Today we had to remove the last wall by hand because its attached to a cinder block building that was added on in the 70's. So being able to take the wall slower we were able to see what was down in the was. We first found an old ink jar from a fountain pen (didn't get a picture) under the frame where the back door was. We found an old glass flask one the second floor wall near the floor. 2 marbles on the second floor area as well. At least I think they are. On the bottom floor wall at the floor plate was the coolest find. An old 5th grader's spelling notebook from 1913!!. Quite well preserved. The hand writing is UNBELIEVABLE!. His name and school is on the back cover. Talk about being taken back in time.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:08 PM
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Funny that the spelling paper is dated 1913 because I was going to say the pint whiskey bottle is probably from about the same period. I have a similar whiskey (also found in an old building) with the label intact, dated....1913!
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Really cool finds!

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Those flat cork top whiskeys have been a favorite of mine for a long time, nice!
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When I renovated my last house I left a family photo and some coins inside the walls before I closed them up.

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Old 09-23-2019, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ToySoldier View post
When I renovated my last house I left a family photo and some coins inside the walls before I closed them up.
That's a good idea. I usually write something on the inner wall.

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Originally Posted by ToySoldier View post
When I renovated my last house I left a family photo and some coins inside the walls before I closed them up.
In 1988 I had to repair some termite damage in a wall and I hid some pop and beer cans with my name and date in there before I put the sheetrock back up.

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Those are awesome!!! What is the language on the left photo? Doesn't look English.....

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Old 09-29-2019, 09:19 PM
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Those are awesome!!! What is the language on the left photo? Doesn't look English.....
I'm not sure. The first half of the book is in a different language then it changes to English. He does write Cleveland along with the date in the beginning as well so he might have moved from there south 20 miles to where the house I found it in was.
So fa rd nobody I know knows the language but I'll figure it out.

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Amazing on what you find in the walls. We found some gorgeous burlap bags, which I have yet to frame. Congrats!!
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:42 PM
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Someone re-habbing an old house in my city once found a number of 1920s-30s movie theater posters in the walls being used for insulation. I couldn't find anything online about it but it did make it onto one of those "Amazing Stories" TV shows in the '80s. Some previously unknown posters were found unseen by daylight and were nearly perfectly preserved. Some had some nail holes. I have seen some of them in various shops locally and they were astounding. Most were from the Tivoli Theater in Michigan City, Ind.

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