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.
This seems to be my month of surprising finds! Although not as rare and valuable as my Lincoln Funeral Paper Ribbon found in back of medical book. This is just as fun in my opinion.
Firstly, I love old photographs. Especially old group photographs of the military nature or antique class pictures. I just enjoy the history of them and looking at what people looked/dressed like 100 years ago. I purchased 2 old group pictures framed, one was a group of men of which one was receiving a silver award cup of some nature. The other was a grade school boys and girls graduation photograph. I would say both from the 1920’s or 1930’s.
Anyway, I like to take them apart, when framed and clean the glass of dirt and dust. Hidden behind the class graduation photograph was a WW1 “Son in Service” window poster. After doing some research, I discovered that in WW1 and WW2 the families of those serving overseas would hang these posters in their windows to show support for their loved ones. The Blue Star symbolized how many of their family members were in the war. In this case the one blue star meaning one loved one. On the bottom states printed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1919. It is a little damaged but really neat, I think!
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.
I won this item at an auction this Saturday. It is an Arnold Steam Sterilizer for medical instruments with patent dated from the late 1800’s. It was made by Wilmot Castle & co in Rochester, NY. It has a US Navy stamp on the top as well. This steam sterilizer is made of heavy copper and has double walls and doors.