This weekend there was an estate sale. The people running the estate sale post pictures for preview purposes online. I saw some old things and it looked like it could be a good one to attend. It ended up being a lot of fun and I got some great stuff. See below 🙂
Some great newspapers, I love old newspapers. A bunch of US flags and a few foreign ones. Vintage Barbies case with old Barbie dolls and clothing. Ww2 Military medals and some vintage parachute patches. 45 records and an old 35mm slide case. Oh and a few old LIFE mags. It was quite a haul.
Some of the late Mr. Morrison’s obituary: “A graduate of Ambler High School Class of 1943, He served in the US Army 101st Airborne division from 10-11-1943 to 1-3-1946. Tom was a member of the D-Day plus one as an artilleryman in the glider forces. He was then assigned to Operation Market Garden and the liberation of Holland and later in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead. More recently, Tom was awarded the French Legion of Honor at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. In 1963, Tom started Sport Parachuting and was one of the organizing members of the United Parachute Club in New Hanover, PA and served as President and Treasurer. Known as “The Colonel” He completed 9,782 jumps and made his final jump on July 4, 2008 at the annual Carnival and Fireworks at Wissahickon High School at the age of 84. He stated that some of his most memorable jumps were those that he made in Holland every four years since 1969 on the anniversary of the Liberation of the country; and the jump he made with the former President George H.W. Bush in 1999.”
This is a photo of him and his 321st Glider Artillery Battalion in Germany during WW2.
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As to be expected there were no estate or yard sales this first weekend of 2015. I went to a few antique stores looking to get lucky and believe I did. See below.
I snagged these 2 antique Oak school desks for $20 each. They are marked Moulthrop on the sides and the drawer pull under the seat stamped Langslow Fowler Co. Rochester NY Moulthrop. They are small desks and need some cleaned of the wood, but for $20 I had to buy them both. I have never seen desks like this before, so cool.
I am a sucker for World War 2 military memorabilia. This is a US Military ID dated 1942, also includes 2 patches, 2 pins and his letterhead stamp. I purchased this for $40 so It’s not like to got a great deal but it came in this nice shadow box also. This will most likely stay with my personal military collection which is why I didn’t mind paying retail for it. I was able to find his obituary online, here is an excerpt on his military career: “An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Marsh served as a captain in Europe during World War II and as a major in the Korean War. Later, he joined the Army Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel.”
I have just posted the previous 3 weeks worth of yard sale finds. If interested, please go back to 8/23 and 8/16 to view those which were posted today along with this weeks finds. I have been very busy and today was the first chance in the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to post on this blog. I will be more consistent from now I, I promise. Barring any catastrophe of course. *knock on wood* 🙂
I found some wonderfully old books this week. First, I will tell you that I was lucky enough to be the first one to this sale. The start time was set for 9am but I showed up around 7:30 to see if they were set up and open. And they were, so I walked up to a large set up of books and the like inside a garage. (it was raining so this was a relief.) This was a moving sale. Lots of cool old things which I will share photos of below. Now, this first book is beat up, It is dated inside to 1827. It says it is a “Revised code of Laws of Illinois. This is really neat being there cannot be many of these out there. Yes it is beat up, but the pages are readable and I would think the rarity of it would surpass the condition. I have no idea what this is worth and I believe I will need to find an antique historical book dealer to find out. I will update when I get around to doing that.
Also at this sale were these 2 WWI era Military Medical Manuals dated 1918. I love antique medical books. In general they have some of the most wonderful illustrations inside. These do not but very cool to find sitting on a shelf at a garage sale.
And finally there are these old Medical graduation certificates and awards. These are about 6 more larger framed certificates that are not pictured here but were also included in my purchased from this same moving sale. Not sure why they were being sold but who am I to judge. I am just happy to have been the person to purchase them. Being a collector of medical items, I may keep one because these are certificates which are local to me (Philadelphia). The dates range as you can imagine because you graduate different studies at various years and receive awards at different times of your life. I believe the earliest was early 1940’s and the latest award in the 1990’s.
I purchased this old photo album which is another thing I love to find at estate sales. Don’t ask me why people sell them, perhaps they belonged to someone who the current owner doesn’t know. Either way, I always enjoy finding them and taking a look at someone else’s life from a much different time.
This is something which may not seem that neat to everyone but in my eyes I think it is very cool. This is a 1945 WW2 mail kit for someone in the United States Navy. I love military items, and I have seen the red and blue striped envelopes, as many have, which have been filled in and mailed. I have not seen, until this one, one of these kits with unused contents. $1
Here you will see some of my picks from local yard and estate sales for this week. Anything you see on my site is for sale unless already sold. I do keep some items I find for my personal collection but most items will be placed up for sale on ebay or craigslist when I have the time.
Old glass motorcycle riding glasses with side protection.
This is some jewelry from an estate sale. Some Sterling, possibly a gold piece, haven’t checked it out yet.
Yard Sale season has officially begun and I am super busy. I am making the post from 3 weeks ago today. It has been an amazing start for me already which you are about to see. If I can keep my luck going I will have the best year of my life by far!
These ww1/ww2 German Military items came from a clean out estate entire house contents sale.
This 1940’s Paillard Bolex Video Camera came from the same estate sale as the German Military IDs and Medals/Pins you saw above. That was a great sale!
WW1 (I believe) era “Venereal Prophylaxis Unit” Chest. Venereal disease was widespread in both WW1 and WW2 so apparently they had units specifically for STD’s. They also had campaigns such as posters and pamphlets to warn soldiers of unprotected sex overseas. I purchased this very unusual chest Saturday morning in Blue Bell at a yard sale. Normally militaria goes first thing or even more often before the sale is scheduled to start. But even once in a blue moon someone will not advertise they have such items and you can get lucky if you are a picker like myself. As far as I can tell from limited research this is WW1 because the WW2 era chests look very different and not as aged as this one.