The Urban Archeologist

True archeologists dig in the distant past. I look for things buried within the past 200 years - preferably in attics, basements, and garages. Take a look and see what I've found. Flag as Inappropriate

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Blue Cross brochure 1944
Paul Bahre January 8, 2014 at 09:01 am
I sent an email to all the news organizations in the state figuring that maybe one of them wouldRead More report on this lag in coverage that is seemingly affecting everyone that has to go to the exchange for insurance. I got called back by ch 61. The funny thing is they are calling CT's exchange the best program in the country and it's really an abject failure.
arkay January 8, 2014 at 10:43 am
Even adjusted for inflation, that's only $25/month for families. The problem is that healthcareRead More costs in general weren't as inflated then. Also, people were less obese, and prescription drugs weren't as widely used for every little ailment.
Get Off My Lawn January 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm
People elect Politicians who will run their lives. You get what you vote for.
Nash 1940 ad
Rob Gianazza January 6, 2014 at 09:07 am
Antique car shows are great family events too. Please share when and where they will be.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 6, 2014 at 10:48 am
Loved reading about those ads you linked to at the bottom! 25 words or less? Can someone pleaseRead More bring that kind of contest back again? :)
veloce73 January 7, 2014 at 10:01 am
Probably the state's best FREE car show is held at Mark's auto parts in Granby, Ct. on Monday nightsRead More (5PM) starting in the spring and continuing until the fall. Most nights they have hundreds of cars and sometimes I think it approaches a thousand. All kinds of cars too, hot rods antiques, foreign, everything.
An inside gag is revealed
Greg Van Antwerp December 29, 2013 at 04:04 pm
What a cool coincidence Colleen! I enjoy taking the things i find and tossing them up in theRead More Internet and seeing what rings familiar with people. Your short recount of your trip adds a nice reality to the brochure from Universal.
Ajack January 3, 2014 at 12:37 am
Great posts , Greg. We can learn so much form the past....if we take the time and look at it.
Greg Van Antwerp January 3, 2014 at 11:02 am
Thanks for the encouragement, Ajack!
After an elf intervention, Santa went back to Hot Chocolate
Colleen K. Peltomaa December 24, 2013 at 01:49 am
Beautiful Santas. Off topic of Christmas, my friend and I tonight recalled when stores gave outRead More S&H stamps -- those green stamps that got pasted into books and then traded in for small appliances, etc. Recall those?
Greg Van Antwerp December 28, 2013 at 09:48 pm
Thanks Colleen! I do remember S&H Green Stamps and see them at sales from time to time. I wantRead More to find the catalog so I can do some retro gawking at what was so cool to be able to buy with those frequent shopper teases.
Looks like an early erector set approx 1904
North Georgia Weather December 21, 2013 at 08:17 am
I'm in the process of converting about 6000 color slides that my dad took, to a digital format. WhatRead More a job.
Greg Van Antwerp December 21, 2013 at 09:06 am
Whoa! Steve, that's a Flicker site and/or blog in itself. Good Luck!
John Hawley December 21, 2013 at 11:39 am
@NGW..I sent over 1000 slides to scan café to be converted into JPG files. They did a GREATRead More job.
This head of stone could be yours...
Miguel Hernandez November 18, 2013 at 08:22 am
I stumbled on to your blog and found it to be both entertaining and informative.
robert minerich November 18, 2013 at 04:25 pm
great video production very informative presented very well
Greg Van Antwerp November 18, 2013 at 08:43 pm
Thanks! Let me know if you want to see more videos in the future. I enjoy producing them andRead More appreciate the response.
Over 200 files, many with hundreds of clippings
Mark Hannon October 15, 2013 at 08:17 am
Interesting find. The Westport Library used to have a huge picture file. The seed collection wasRead More begun when The late Albert Dorne left his very sizable collection of clipped images and photos to the library in his will in the late 60s. As other illustrators passed, they made similar gifts in their wills and the file was supplemented by volunteers clipping magazines and filing the images by category. You could go to the library and check out images like books with your library card. Pretty sure the collection is gone now. Google images made it unnecessary. Hope you plan to do something interesting with the picture file collection.
Greg Van Antwerp October 15, 2013 at 08:36 am
Thank you, Mark. Please follow the link to my blog. I will enjoy sharing and crediting Mr Burroughs'Read More life and work. As for the future of the collection as a whole, I will reach out to the Westport Historical Society to see if they are interested in this as a work of art on its own. In the meantime, I am having the greatest joy pouring through these files for what was intentionally clipped on one side and what was unintentionally clipped on the other.
Jennifer V October 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm
Black Rock Galleries will be auctioning many of Burroughs' extraordinary never-before-offered piecesRead More from his personal estate collection (including portraits, illustrations, still life) on Sunday, November 10. An auction catalog will be available at www.blackrockgalleries.com in about two weeks. Preview hours run Thursday, Nov 7 through Saturday, November 9 from 10-5 at Black Rock Galleries' showroom located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport (exit 25 off I-95). This is an amazing, not-to-be missed collection!
I wonder what the last line says?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) September 29, 2013 at 03:50 pm
Well it sure does pay to be curious! It took me about 10 to 15 minutes but I finally found out theRead More rest of the poem! Were you able to see it with the magnifying lens, Greg?
Greg Van Antwerp September 29, 2013 at 04:10 pm
No, I can only guess. I am pretty sure "swear" and "Hell" may be involved.Read More Opps! I said a bad word. Where's that cuss box?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) September 29, 2013 at 04:20 pm
You're right! And drop a doubloon in there for me too -- the last line is: "You can swear likeRead More hell!"
Tucked in a book
New England Farm and Artist September 25, 2013 at 03:08 pm
I love old books! I also find all kinds of interesting things hiding in their pages, pressedRead More flowers, newspaper clippings, cross-stiched bookmark, hand written notes and recipes, all kinds of things.
Greg Van Antwerp September 27, 2013 at 09:10 am
Thanks for the comment! Keep looking, and let me know what you find. I am always happy to post guestRead More authors and their stories.
Glass negatives are a thing of beauty
Jaimie Cura (Editor) September 16, 2013 at 07:27 pm
I do always love to find an older photograph where people are smiling! Seems like such a rare findRead More and all the more joyful!
Kelley October 29, 2013 at 12:25 am
They aren't smiling because of the length of the exposure.That is also why the eyes look blurry,Read More from blinking during the exposure.
Craig Zac October 29, 2013 at 10:05 am
How long of an exposure time could it have been? I have seen pics with children and / or dogs inRead More them that look tack sharp, I wouldn't think a dog or child cold hold still that long. Maybe they just didn't smile for photos back then?
Martin Krizan's Unit -Can it be restored?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) September 8, 2013 at 09:59 am
This is really beautiful, Greg. Thank you for sharing and as you know, I always visit your site toRead More see the continuation of your blog post - that was a really nice thing you did. It looks great.
Greg Van Antwerp September 8, 2013 at 10:46 am
Thanks! Jaimie!
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