Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Got a question for ya

Let me preface it by saying it's kind of a silly one.
I'll start by saying that anytime we have gutted a room there's always the small hope that we'll find something cool in the walls or under the floor etc... I know some among us (I won't name names you know who you are) didn't even have to take a wall down to find a slew of mementos, but others would love to find a little something echoing back to simpler times.

Here's my first question, what if anything have you found in the de-construction of your home? I thought it might be fun to hear. Our 2-flat was a rental for a number of years. We have found some old newspapers in the walls. But, the funniest "relic" or leftover from previous tenants is this cabinet in the basement that somebody kind of graffitied in permament black marker. There's a picture of a kind of fu-man-chu guy and Latin King symbols and it says "King Choco."
So maybe we had an aspiring Latin King member living in our basement- nice. And I don't mean "king" as in royalty. Somehow this isn't the quaint kind of thing we'd hope to find...

Anyway, let us know what you found if you care to share. Part two of this question coming soon...

A photo of "King Choco" for posterity


P.S. As long as the plumber shows up we will have a working kitchen sink and dishwasher today when I get home from work. I think I'll just lay on the kitchen floor chin in hands and watch just cause I can. ;)

3 comments:

Greg said...

I found a lot of things while running new wire and copper. The interesting thing about all of it was that it was all in the house before 1919. That is the year the original owners moved out and it was cut up in to apartments. I found nothing from the 80+ years of renters.

I found a 1915 SF Chronicle. A woman’s shoe, glove, and whale bone corset. Two letters and an empty but post marked envelop. A child’s chalk board for school. A mans collar (or cuff) and a few receipts from local stores.

Very cool stuff.

Nick said...

We've uncovered newspapers, bottles, and a tool or two. Nothing spectacular.

I've left a few trinkets of my own for future remodelers to find, including a dated postcard with a note, wrapped around a bottle of wine in our wine cellar. Not that anyone will be tearing out my wine cellar...

Greg Emel said...

We found a huge pile of drug store receipts dating from the early 50’s through the mid 60’s. Somehow they had gotten wedge behind the diningroom cupboard and the builders found them when they were ripping a wall out. The receipts all had one of two woman’s names on them. So, it appeared that two women lived in our house for about 15 years and took a lot of drugs. Not a spectacular find, but still fun to think about who was living in our house 50 years ago.