Just got back from the "trashman's" place. About 10k sq ft..not to big but Packed to the brim with a little of everything.He pulled out the only "calculated cheese wheel cutter" (1904) I have ever seen. He caught a man throwing it into the back of a truck in suburbia who was going to scrap it. A little research shows the Family of the man owned several confectionery companies years ago and a general type store. More research showed the man who patented the device was originaly from (drum roll) Wisconsin! This is/was a very complicated device with scale,lever,springs,blade and turned in a certain fashion cut the appropiate hunk o cheese the customer paid for...It was a flop...we can find out nothing more on that. Further discussion about families, history indicate that this man has thrown out quite a bit of his mothers "junk" to include CANDY & GUM flyers, Advertisments,displays! Ouch!
My seldom visited friend (trashman...he drives around picking trash piles,clean outs,works on old houses,takes whatever folks don't want)
He said he Picked a box from this guys garage of some type of candy a while back that each pack folded out and formed a "display" (his words)...said he took them to his antique booth and sold the whole box full of said packages 1 at a time for $10.00 each! Double Ouch!
He actually said: " Can you believe people would buy old candy packs?" (writer turns pale and almost faints)
Timing is everything.
So here I am in the land of presidents and there are Gum,Candy (cards?) related paperwork from all the national firms...Hmmm....Could there be more in other family members homes, Daughters,Sons? Son of Sons?
Outbuildings,Barns etc? Something akin to the REA find?
Hmmm...(Todd , please don't come here until I have finished my detective work and followed all of the leads)(grin)
Its like the old Mojo Nixon (look it up) song "Elvis is Everywhere!" Well, Stuff is everywhere.
Lance: I agree to a limited amount.
You see,quite by chance, I personally talked with the fella who found the PARIS find BEFORE the Paris Find was found.(say that 3 times) (Paris Tenn)(1 of the major Sports card finds of the last 30 years)
You see, this guy was into "Vinyl"(old records) and something else he would not disclose and he had a traveling job which put him all over the place. Whilst other salesmen painted a new town red and chased skirts all night. He would go to the local library and research old City Directories/phonebooks for mom and pop corner stores, Record Shops,Defunct Record Shops, General Stores, 5 and dimes..then research the surnames of owners..get the phone numbers..go back to hotel/motel and call everyone on the list and interview them...wa la! He did fairly well over the years but he also said that he was dead tired the next day after staying up late doing his "other job".
He walked into the Paris find(just another lead for him) and saw packs of old sports cards amongst other old stock, he said below 1 counter he saw stacks and stacks of bowman and topps boxes. However he was there for the "vinyl"..So seeing this old stock got his chops watering thinking of the "vinyl" that might be present.He bought all the man said he had and walked ,always intent on going back for more "vinyl"...never did...then years later...he saw the news in a collectibles/antiques newspaper about the "paris find". Shrugged his shoulders, has no regrets,in fact its hard to get him off the "Vinyl" subject!
So, TENN is not so bad after all? (snicker)
My opinion is like most here but I like... Penn,NY,NJ,IL,Florida,Washington D.C./Maryland in that order. Oh! and of course OHIO.
"Stuff" is Everywhere! The major problem I see is that Paper,Cards,Boxes are so fragile and just a little moisture or a little sun is all it takes to render it beyond return.
Could not resist:
"Showin the love since 1962"
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