So what have you found in your house?

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  1. Grant B

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    Amazing what you find in houses.
    In a wall we found a SF Chronicle newspaper from 1904. The Battle of Port Arthur was the lead story.Lots were going for $10 in my neighborhood and a church conference said that people were going to church less (hmmm some things never change)
    And a butcher in Pittsburgh was using cats as his "special" seasoning in his sausages

    Other tidbits
    Church hymnal from the 30s that said communists were bad because they never read comic books(?!!?!)
    Life insurance for a 2 yo ,25 cent a week (1900s)
    1920s electricity book, $1 a week
    $5 dentist bill from the 40s
    And 6 charcoal nude drawings of a woman late 60s/early 70s
    Too bad it isn't of Janice Joplin who lived across the street back then (then again .............)
     
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    Not much, the house I just bought was built in 1950 and completely remodeled just before I moved in so there isn't much to be found. The shelves in the pantry are lined with a newspaper dated August 15, 1971 but that's about it.
     
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    Grant, you live in Haight-Ashbury, huh? Pretty cool. My wife and I took a mini-vacation in San Fran a few years ago and stayed in the Red Victorian B&B. I imagine living in that area, with many older houses and a richly varied population throughout the years, means there are plenty of artifacts around.
    The only things we seem to find in the house we just bought are spiders. [​IMG]
     
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    a Hostess Apple Pie Exp. 4/79
     
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    I found a rat today in the patio.

    ~T
     
  6. Grant B

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    Greg
    Our house was built in 1896, I think they put electricity (next to the gas lighting) in 1904;hence the newspaper.
    The red vic is a pretty cool place to stay - right on Haight Street. The Stayan park (overlooking GG Park) is a great restored Victorian Hotel too.
    Pretty incredible place. In the 40s it was the only SF neighborhood that allowed blacks to buy homes. How strange and sad.
    In the 50s the beats found a home; then the hippies in the 60s.
    The 70s turned ugly because of a certain mayor who told police not to patrol the neighborhood. When Waller street had the nickname "blood alley', he bought up huge tracks of land and put it in the names of his relatives. Before he left office, he told the police to bust everyone.
    The same houses you couldn't give away are worth an average of $1.4Million.
    His family is VERY wealthy
     
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    Marilyn Monroe dryed out here after the misfits. Danny Glover was born here; Wyatt Earp died here. The Mensheviks had there embassey here and Jim Jones lived down the Street near the Crumb brothers.
    The Good Bad and Ugly!
     
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    Some friends of mine found a fairly recent Honda Accord in the garage of their new house. The front is quite mashed up, seems to have been in a collision, but from what I could see, the rest looked perfectly fine. It looks quite new, no more than 2-3 years old.

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    I was helping a friend rip out some old walls and we found a 1960s era Playboy. The ceiling of the closet wasn't fully attached so some kid probably kept his magazines up there. I can only imagine his face when he realized the Playboy fell down into the wall [​IMG] [​IMG].
     
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    Similar to Greg, I found an old (late 50's) Hot Rod magazine crammed in a wall.

    Jon
     
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    I found a 1900 Sherwin Williams Paint calendar when I was insulating the attic space in our 1875 house. It actually had a booklet attached for painting schemes for Victorian style houses.

    Gave it to the Antique Homes Association. They were quite pleased..

    Thos.
     
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    We had an 1890's victorian house we bought as a "fixer-upper". We found lot's of stuff:

    A complete set of encylopedias from 1921 (interesting not to see any WWII info in there)

    A whole bunch of old newspapers from the 40's & 50's

    A bed

    A machette

    A sickle

    A picture of a woman in a heavy brass frame with a note apparently written to a soldier in some war.

    A pair of old safety glasses (which I still use)

    And a lot of junk.
     
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    [​IMG] I meant it was interesting to open an encyclopedia and not see an entire section devoted to WWII.
    Along with no space exploration.. and things like that.
    It does have a large section on torture methods which is fun to read. (I guess they were short on things to write about)
     
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    I found a sports page from a 1976 newspaper with an article about how bad the Seahawks suck.

    I guess some things never change.
     
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    I havent found anything in my house, but then again it was just finished in may so... I guess I'll have to hide some porn, pictures, letters and other documents around the house so people can continue to have this converstation 20 years from now.
     
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    My apartment came stocked with four coffe makers of varying age. It seams there is an unspoken ritual in my apartment that an occupant shall leave his coffee-maker, along with all the other coffee makers in the apartment when he leaves.

    Why? I dunno. I a hundred years my apartment will probably be on Ripley's Believe it or Not, and have a hundred coffee makers stacked in a room.

    Other intresting things:

    *a 1930's style bank lamp
    *Bronze lion statue on green marble base (about 12" long)
    *a box of hundreds of matchbooks from a funeral home
    *Spider-Man coffee mug
    *RISK game minus red-army (anti-communist gamer from the 80's?)
    *the 1972 electric stove that still has the instruction manual (In its plastic bag!) in the under-oven slide-out drawer.
    *Grill from a 1973 Plymouth Dusster. Or thats what the tag says on it.
     
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    When I was finishing my basement I found a few old (late 60's, early 70's) porn mag's. One is called "Harvey, the magazine for lovers" and the other is called "Purple" with a tagline of "When you're feeling pink". Whatever in the hell that means. One of them features a Rocky spoof that involves "Rocky" and "Adrian". Although in this particular issue, it's not Rocky that's beating the meat. [​IMG]
     
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    The son & daughter-in-law of some friends found $6,000 in cash hidden in a wall while remodeling their kitchen.
     

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