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 Well I have found a multitude of odd things, including baby booties from the 1800's belonging to very great grandparents who felt the need to pass them down through the centuries..LOL I have found odd collections of old cameras and photograpy stuff! Oh and yes a depressing box of war pictures smuggled home from one of me grand fathers, pictures of men beheaded and hung on spits as if for roasting.. (No Joke Horrifing)! Boxes full of hand kerchiefs that were embroideried with ititials Aunts Uncles, grandparents etc. I have found two old school slates early 1900's and old 1906 Kindergarten easil, with hand crancked rolled scrolling curriculum on it, from abcs to object identification.. Tons of ancient oil lamps, old small 2 ft tall gas furnaces.. Old school primers, late 1800's to early 60's. I have found and old copy of Cinderella that is 1906 or so..Hardback no less.. I lkie that one.. Old scrap books ancient postcards.. Old hats and clothing.. Oh Yes I found a very old sex manual.. LOL it was a riot!! LOL

 OK Tell all.. WHen cleaning out family history, what skelletons have you found in your Closets?????  LOL
« Last Edit: 27/01/2007 19:46:07 by Karen W. »


 

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Wow..that's some cool memorabilia you have right there !!


We've only been in this house about fourteen years so the only thing we are liable to find is probably a guest who is still sobering up from our house warming pary !!.YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!
 

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This is the house I grew up in since I was 6 years old.. I have three barns full of things each decendant has left me family are extreme pack rats, and geneology buffs.. LOL I think they thought that saving all that stuff that maybe someday their DNA could be used to resurrect them in all their glory... SO in the mean time I am the watch gaurd of their very souls.. LOL But Their souls are starting to take a toll on my soul... LOL Time to clean the closets..
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Girlie I would keep cleaning out stuff...it sounds like you have an interesting history locked up in your closet!!!!
 

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in closets barnes and sheds, I kid you not!!!! They kept everything..It has been an ongoing project for yearsThere have been times when I simply could not handle it anymore.. getting that way again...
 

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Karen.....I bet you have a lot of hidden treasure amongst all of that !!..it sounds like a veritable cornucopia of  wonderful bric-a-brac !!..I would luff to go digging amongst it.....

mam...ewe probably have some real valuable items right there ...
 

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There are some cool things there but do I want to keep everything.. I can't even get into the doorway of one barn.. It is a sad state of affairs when I can't even store my own things because I have several generations of stuff. I have an old hard case suitcase from around the depression times, It is my grandmas.. She took it everywhere she went.. It has one case containing her baby pinkie fingernail that they clipped upon her death and my mom encased it inher suitcase which my Gran had I old Jar full of black dust and gold because they bought the rights two a mine and did alot of panning for several years. THen there is one very large Jar of maise, corn for planting as they were always farmers.. And they traveled where they had to to grow their food.. she kept it always.. I have the dousing rods still and tons of silly things... weird stuff I tell you!
 

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in closets barnes and sheds, I kid you not!!!! They kept everything..It has been an ongoing project for yearsThere have been times when I simply could not handle it anymore.. getting that way again...

Don't overdo it!  But love to hear the new finds you find...keep us posted!!!
 

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you should see this old hand made picture frame and the old photo's inside of it. the glass is broken, I should take a picture and send it to Neil to post.. It is really cool, I think the frame is made from what seems to be folded leather, I believe... It is very cool, very old. You should see the three ancient huge photos in very old gawdy looing frames, gosh they look so staunch and stern.. wedding pics that don't seem happy.. but that's the way they stood for those old pics and then the big poof of flash from those ancient old cameras.. LOL! I have an old brownie amongst several others in my closet..LOL Some pretty funny older electronic ones also..
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oh, yeahhhhh!  Send them to him, we want to see...girlie, you should pull something out everyday!  We could have so much fun looking at it...
 

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That might be fun.. alot of funny stuff burried in this place...
 

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LOL  I think it would be most fascinating!
 

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It's fasinating alright.. It could drive a body to drink!! I have literally been sorting for now on15 years with the exception of two I was where I just couldn't do anymore..right after my mom died..it was too much..
 

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Wow!  15 years!  You needed a 2yr break..bless your heart...so sorry hon..
 

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 LOretta I still have tons, and the truth is I don't even know where to begin... I have thrown out huge amounts of stuff had many yard sales and gave away tons of stuff, I just cannot handle it all.. I go to a barn and say Ok today is d- day, but then i start moving stuff and checking it, and throw up my hands in frustration.. old memories are hard to throw away so I lock the doors and go away awhile until I can do a bit more.. I feel like I am thowing pieces of my family away.. and it kills me.. Isn't that stupid.. I want to find good homes for it as I can't manage it all and my sisters threw their arms up years ago and their homes are filled with stuff from the past.. LOL such a mess.
 

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Wow, that is an amazing mass of things. I'm afraid to say that the war pictures sound quite interesting, I have two photography books on War Photography, if I ever put my head down I might actually start an idea I had for a kinda of philosophical piece on War starting quite early on and then to present day. I haven't really thought it through properly just yet, that's why I would need to put my head down  ;)

We found a few odd bits and pieces in our old place, can't really remember exactly what we found, well apart from some mail which was probably a year old or so  ???
But when I was a little baber and we moved into my parents current home they found an old plaster cast for a leg and I think some dentures  :-\  ;)
 

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 LAUGH out loud.. Yeperoo.. I have a prosthetic leg complete with a lovely shoe.. LOLIf anyone ever opened the closet they might have guite the surprise when this leg come falling out at them.. could have an ill effect on someone.. looks rather real until you get down to the lower shin..LOL
 

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If I found a prosthetic leg I'd probably chase people around with it  ;)
 

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 HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE!! I see that happening... All the kiddies screaming ...LOLIt's pretty heavy leg.. you would be surprised..
 

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Yeah it would be fun, and by the sounds of it, a great way to keep fit  ;)

I was a little confused a minute then, I was trying to reply to this thread but none of actions like reply were at the bottom. I then realised that I had been logged out, this confused me a little more until I finally realised and solved the mystery, I forgot to click the stay logged in box  ::) ;)
 

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LOL I have done that before.. Have a great day!
 

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LOretta I still have tons, and the truth is I don't even know where to begin... I have thrown out huge amounts of stuff had many yard sales and gave away tons of stuff, I just cannot handle it all.. I go to a barn and say Ok today is d- day, but then i start moving stuff and checking it, and throw up my hands in frustration.. old memories are hard to throw away so I lock the doors and go away awhile until I can do a bit more.. I feel like I am thowing pieces of my family away.. and it kills me.. Isn't that stupid.. I want to find good homes for it as I can't manage it all and my sisters threw their arms up years ago and their homes are filled with stuff from the past.. LOL such a mess.

Oh wow!  That is not stupid!  It is an attachment...that is understandable...why I think you are working through an adventure of many things you are discovering...for you it is a huge chore...but it is exciting too
 

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I think about things too much Oh I can't get rid of that.. Gran was kicked out of school and given demerits for saying one day man was going to the moon...1918...LOL They did..LOL Stuff like that I keep her paper and things that were personal.. But there is just so much.. She kept every single letter she ever recieved and every envelope she ever wrote a note on a birthday a wedding day a persons death date or new birth.. whatever she had she wrote on it.. LOL
 

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This is the house I grew up in since I was 6 years old.. I have three barns full of things each decendant has left me family are extreme pack rats, and geneology buffs.. LOL I think they thought that saving all that stuff that maybe someday their DNA could be used to resurrect them in all their glory... SO in the mean time I am the watch gaurd of their very souls.. LOL But Their souls are starting to take a toll on my soul... LOL Time to clean the closets..

Karen,

Get an archaeological or sociology grad student to do it for you. Why throw away all that knowledge?

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Oh I don't want to throw it all away, but I want to organize it put it where it will best be taken care of and be of some use somewhere sometime to someone.. I like your idea Jimbob.. Thanks That may be a very viable option..
 

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