Have you found Hidden Treasure?

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  1. Shangas

    Shangas I'll Lock Up

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    Wow that's cool. What does the watch look like? Pictures?
     
  2. Wire9Vintage

    Wire9Vintage A-List Customer

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    I bought an old leather-bound Spanish bible at a library book sale for a dollar. Flipping through it, I found several religion related newspaper clippings. Then, I turned a page and there was an Elvis Presley autograph. I stopped breathing! Since I frequent thrift stores and estate sales I often find little neat tidbits, but that will probably remain the best ever!
     
  3. SamSpade

    SamSpade New in Town

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    I found a Royal Futura 800 typewriter from 1958 in the house next to my aunt's (Which she purchased upon the owner's death). It was sitting in a television box that looked around 90's. It was in a beige trunk. All of the keys worked and still do, all it needed was a new ribbon and she was good to go. Following this I found anther Typewriter from '58 in my Great Grandfather's house (Also deceased). I have not looked at it too much yet but it is an Underwood and still have it's warranty card.
     
  4. Shangas

    Shangas I'll Lock Up

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    You must post photographs, Mr. Spade. And welcome to the Lounge :)
     
  5. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Bibles are great places to find interesting things tucked away. I collect different translations, and over the years I've found money -- usually, for some reason, silver certificates -- along with lots of prayer cards and newspaper clippings of inspirational articles. Some of the more unusual items include V-Mail letters, novelty postcards, pressed flowers, ticket stubs, and once, a lock of somebody's hair sealed in an envelope.

    The Older Generation around here often said that storing your will in a Bible meant it had to be accepted as valid, but so far I've yet to find one of those.
     
  6. Shangas

    Shangas I'll Lock Up

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    Curiosity prompts this question: Is there any legal precedence or backing for this?
     
  7. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I don't think so, at least not anything that would hold up in court. But all the old ladies I knew growing up said that was what you were supposed to do.

    I had my will stored in a copy of the "Baseball Encyclopedia," but I don't think that's the same thing.
     
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  8. Foxer55

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    LizzieMaine,

    This thinking may have come from the old custom of everyone using the family bible to record births, deaths, marriages, etc.
     
  9. SamSpade

    SamSpade New in Town

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    Sure, sure. I will soon, the only camera I've got is another hidden treasure, a 50's Polaroid Land camera, so connecting it to the computer is not an option, and thanks, very glad to join. Scanning the photograph, however may present opportunity.
     
  10. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

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    The gold chain that my pocket watch hangs from was found in the sea in Greece in 1985. I once bought a vintage suit and when I looked in the pocket I found the tailors original order form complete with measurements and the customer's phone number. The number had been amended with an updated dialling code which allowed me to work out a precise date for the suit.
     
  11. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

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    This is 'Professor Olgo' (Berthold Jassinger)
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    He was a theatrical performer whose act involved memorising numbers and dates etc. He was known as 'The Man With the Electronic Brain' and travelled the world with his act.

    A few years after he died, I rented his old house and had a look in the attic.

    I found his wig!

    It wasn't exactly treasure, but it made me laugh.
     
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  12. Trapped in T-wilight Zone

    Trapped in T-wilight Zone Familiar Face

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    It wasn't really much on the treasure scale, and I really don't want to think about how long ago it was. But while I was still in high school, I was working on what was really my first antique car. It was a 1929 Reo coupe. I needed to make some repair in the upholstery in the rumble seat. There, tacked very neatly under the original coco mat, I found a 1929 Buffalo nickel. It was tarnished from 40 years in a less than ideal keeping place. But not worn at all.
    I sold the car a long time ago, having decided that 1929 was just a bit newer than I wanted my cars to be. But I still have the nickel.
    W2
     
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  13. porta

    porta New in Town

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    I am very happy to read this post. Olgo's widow has lived in BUdapest till her dead. She was abow 93 year old. She ofthen speaked about Olgo and tha hause in London. She speaked about a bench where she ofthen sit with her mother.
    It was nice to read about her husband.
    One good srtory. They were in a circus. Sombody knocked the door. Olgo opened and tolld Susan sombody looking for you.
    Susan went to the door and saw there is a lion sitting outside.

    So be happy and have a good life
    RIP SUSAN JASSINGER my old friend
     
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  14. HanauMan

    HanauMan Practically Family

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    One ebay jacket I bought had a 1980s quarter in one of the pockets. Another ebay purchase, a US army jacket, had some kind of front sight post, painted OD, in one of the pockets. I tried to ID it but no luck as to whether it was from a weapon system or from some kind of military instrument.
     
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  15. Bugguy

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    When my wife and I were dating, we vacationed in the Florida Keys for a week of SCUBA diving. On a night dive about 3 miles out in about 30 feet, my light caught the glint of something gold under the reef. Turns out it was a gold wedding band - inscribed with a date two days earlier.

    The dive store owner called all the boats that were out the previous days and no one claimed it was missing. The following month he ran a story with a picture in the national magazine "SCUBA Diving" - again no takers. I can only assume this was a honeymoon that either crashed and burned or a new husband that ran out and bought a replacement ring - quick.

    About 3 months later I received the ring in the mail. My wife, not terribly sentimental, convinced me that paper dollars in the pocket were better than someones engraved ring in a drawer. So the evidence is gone.
     
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  16. Atticus Finch

    Atticus Finch Call Me a Cab

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    There’s probably a grain of truth in this tradition. In many states, testimony that a holographic will was found in a place where the decedent normally kept his or her personal property is one of several elements necessary to establish the will’s validity. So...given that your loved ones probably know of your fondness of baseball...storing your will in your copy “Baseball Encyclopedia” would be exactly like storing it in your bible. Maybe even better.

    But there are other elements that must also be met...and I know of no jurisdiction that requires validation of all wills found in bibles...based solely on that fact.

    AF
     
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