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What’s in the News?

Old houses are mysterious places, filled with stories and history and artifacts and memories of all the residents who have ever called that house a home.  Sometimes those mysteries are in plain sight, easy to see, easy to decipher.  Other times houses hide their history under layers of paint and wallpaper, or inside walls, or under floors, only to be discovered when renovations are in full swing.

We’ve all surely read stories of homeowners finding jewels or money hidden under floors or in spider-web covered attics. People find household items and tools that were accidentally dropped inside unreachable crevices during building or renovation.  Occasionally lucky homeowners discover old photographs and letters that were intentionally left inside a wall by previous residents who knew that someday someone would be tearing into that wall as their family grew.

We have done our share of renovations at Brown Road, but so far have not found a hefty bundle of cash inside any walls. Our contractor did pull a small, seemingly handmade hammer out of the inside of a wall during one stage of our construction and we found a picture of two young girls that appeared to be from the late 60’s or early 70’s. More recently we began updating my son’s bedroom. Under layers of carpet and linoleum type flooring, we discovered a section of the floor that had been insulated with layers of newspaper. We had known it was there from pulling up corners of the carpeting years ago to see what the wood floors looked like, but it was only now that we finally began to update this particular room.

These newspapers were Chicago Tribunes, from various dates in 1949.  They were in amazingly good condition, preserved under layers of flooring and there were probably at least one hundred pages to look through.  There were so many fascinating things to share, but in the interest of brevity, I picked just a few interesting items and photographed them to share below.

Some Headlines:

From the sports page… YES, that would be the BROOKLYN Dodgers.

In entertainment… Danny Thomas at the Chez-Paree.

and Al Jolson singing in “black-face” would be frowned upon today.

Before the bailouts, when Detroit was KING!

Back from the war? You can own one of these town houses for only $190 down!

For you ladies, here’s some fancy Gabardine suits for only $39.95!

and for Mom and Dad, keep your baby Dry and Comfy.

I could have gone on and on, there were so many interesting and unique articles and photographs and advertisements.

So, I won’t encourage you to go tear up some old flooring or punch some holes in your walls.   But, you never know what might be hiding inside your house!



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Naughty, can you please get the newspaper?

I’m a pretty technologically saavy guy, spending lots of time connected to a computer keyboard or my blackberry. I’m a Facebook addict… and now I’m a blogger. But I’ve always enjoyed reading a newspaper, you know, like a real one, that’s actually made out of paper and that stains your fingers black if you spend enough time browsing the pages. Even though our local paper continues to shrink as the digital age consumes it readership, I still enjoy a physical newspaper.

Growing up, when my family lived in New York, my Mom worked for years in New York City and would commute on the Long Island Railroad from the Smithtown train station all the way into Manhattan and back every day. For one month during my senior year in college I worked an internship in the city and we would commute in together. I still remember her joking about how the businessmen on the train had this incredible skill at opening and re-folding and re-opening and re-folding the New York Times, like some giant origami project, so as not to disturb the neighbor trying to sleep in the seat next to them.

I haven’t been on a commuter train like that in probably over two decades so I can only imagine that the riders on today’s trains are reading the news on the array of handheld devices available today or the Kindles, iPAD’s and other tablet readers rapidly breaking into the market. That’s progress and in the long run, I believe it’s a good thing.  I won’t let myself be one of the nayayers that gripe and complain about technology taking over our lives. I enjoy it and I thrive on the instant access we have to information, to each other, to the world!

Ahh, but enough of that city life stuff…

Back in late spring we adopted two goats from the horse farm where my daughter takes riding lessons. The farm was planning on getting rid of the goats and we decided this might be good practice for our daughter if down the road we decide to get her a horse. Our goats are both billies and they both came pre-named. The one on the left with the horns is named Heath, the one on the right is named Naughty. Uh… HELLO… that should have been a clue right there! Actually as it turns out they are both darling animals and we have all grown quite attached to their quirky and “naughty” behaviors.

Heath and Naughty

Until I have time to get our pasture fences secured so the goats can’t sneak right through the slats, they have free reign of the property and for the most part they choose to stick around and not wander too far. I guess they know “the hand that feeds them” and maybe goats in general just aren’t wanderers. Goats are eaters however and apparently one of the things they enjoy eating is…. you guessed it, newspaper!

So, shortly after the delivery driver drops by each day, Naughty likes to “get the paper.”  If we don’t notice it’s arrived first, it typically ends up like this:

Next time could you deliver it to the front door?

Maybe I should have asked Santa for a Kindle this Christmas!!


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