vintage ~~ attic treasure

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As you know, I live in old house.  It was built in 1838 (just typing that looks weird).  For four years I have hoped to find some hidden treasure…either in the attic or the scary basement.  Of course, I’m not the one who will be crawling around in these dark, murky places.  Oh heck no.  I have been patiently waiting for something to happen that would call upon my husband’s savvy maintenance skills.  Due to relentless snows, we have had some nasty ice dams form on the roof over the attic space which has prompted Brett to buy and lay more insulation in the attic.  Yippee!  My tall order was to bring me back (as if he was adventuring in the Yukon) some sort of treasure.  Preferably the paper sort (thinking someone may have hidden wads of cash during the Depression)…or jewels.  Well, lo and behold, a paper treasure was found…

…a newspaper.

 Not exactly what I had in mind and curses to all those happy fools on the “Antiques Roadshow”.  Yet, my little inner Pollyanna couldn’t help but find some joy in the found treasure.

The newspaper is the February 20, 1928 issue of the Grand Rapids Press.  So what was it like to live then?

Tragedies still happened.

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Cures were still offered.

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Shoes were the cutest ever!  Can you say Poetic Licence?

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French perfume was de rigueur.

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Quality clothing and accessories a given.

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Grocery prices looked good but with inflation and the value of the dollar factored in…who knows.

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Women were encouraged.

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Crossword puzzles were printed and not done.

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Living room furniture looks amazingly now.  Well “now” in my world.

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And would you look at this?  I totally would’ve gone to see this film.

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The mighty Thor was ready to tackle your biggest laundry loads!

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Unfortunately the newspaper is pathetic shape.  It practically disintegrates when touched.  But now that I have digitally captured it, it can live on in infamy.

Have you ever found an amazing treasure hidden in your home?  Was it worth more than blog post?

~~Heather~~

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26 thoughts on “vintage ~~ attic treasure

  1. What a great treasure!! I’ve never found anything like that. But confession here…my mother had one of those washing machines in our basement when I was a child! I love the shoes and clothes too. Begs the question, why don’t I dress that way since I like it so much? I’m only 57 but seeing that washer makes me feel ancient 🙂

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    • You aren’t ancient! They just built things to last forever back in the day. Have you ever shopped Poetic Licence shoes? They are super adorable. I bought a pair a couple of months ago and LOVED them but quickly realized the heel was too high for me…total bummer.

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  2. Found some curtains in our loft that were definitely from the 60s/70s – big yellow flowers on turquoise and white background! Also bits of a newspaper from the 1940s – crumbled pretty quick. All the other ‘treasure’ we put up there! Love this glimpse into my favourite era!

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    • This paper crumbles easily too. And that will be it for the treasures I am afraid…we won’t be putting anything in there except the insulation.

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    • Hey neighbor! I can’t wait to read what you found. You should plant some of your glass and paper bead jewelry around the house for future owners to find.

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  3. 1) Why is the Grand Rapids Press reporting on things that happened in Bellows Falls, Vermont? 2) SUPER cute shoes. 3) Love Flapper Fannie’s stockings with the seams up the back 4) I have mohair furniture of my Grandma’s that looks just like this! and 5) You’re afraid to go in your attic???

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    • My best educated responses:
      1. This must have been the world news section??
      2. I know! You must click that link for Poetic Licence to see new version of similar styles. Fun stuff!
      3. Really look at that cartoon and what it is saying. I thought it was pretty clever and funny.
      4. Of course you do! I would love to see it.
      5. Absolutely. If there is any chance for me to encounter the remains of…anything!…then I’m out.

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  4. Wow, what a find you have made, every exciting read … I surprised that the shoes was so expensive in 1928. Today I can buy a nice pair of shoes on sale for $20.
    The bloomer is very cute.

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      • Heather at least over here … bought my suede and silk ballerina on sale for $15 in 2013 – and then a pair of shoes was $5.00 – I thought the price of shoes … was very expensive for 1920’s.

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  5. When we removed floor boards from our 1730’s home to have beams repaired, we found the signature of the child of the first owner. We took a photo before the boards were put back in place. I don’t know if another person will ever see the signature.

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