Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
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Treasure Hunt!

I went digging through one of my grandparent's old trunks today. Lots of interesting stuff. Lots of baby clothes, old photos, birthday and mother's/father's day cards, report cards, and the like.

Some of the more interesting items:

An old, beatup Zippo lighter and several packets of Prince Albert cigarette papers. I knew my grandmother used to smoke, but I didn't know she rolled her own.

A bar of soap with the label:

U.S. ARMY - Type I
This soap can be used in soft, hard, or
sea water at any reasonable tempera-
ture for toilet use, shaving, laundering
of clothes and cleaning of mess kits and
similar equipment


(I wonder how a Marine would feel about using Army soap....)

A book titled Freezing Foods at Home, by Shirley Rolfs, Home Economist (B.S., Iowa State College) with a copyright date of 1949 "Dedicated to the homemaker who wants the best in foods and nutrition for her family, this book was written to guide her in reaping a harvest of satisfaction and enjoyment from the home freezer." Funny how we take refrigerator/freezers for granted nowdays. You have left overs, you toss 'em in the fridge. You go to the supermarket, buy a frozen TV dinner, and toss it in the freezer.

A birthday card to my grandmother from her aunt, with a postmark of 1949 (that would be my grandmother's 23rd birthday), and a 3 cent stamp. I think the last postage increase was 3 cents.

A "Souvenir Folder of Texas" with a copyright date of 1942. Among the pictures inside are "The World's Largest Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi" and "The Gateway to Dallas, The Triple Underpass".

There was also a few bits of old currency, a 100 and a 10 Yen notes (I recognize them from the Chrysanthemum emblem, the symbol of the Japanese Emperor), a bill that appears to be a 100 Reichsmark military scrip, issued in 1944, and what I'm guessing is a 5 Won note from Korea.

I also found a streetcar token from the Savannah Electric & Power Co. I did some research, and the streetcar service was discontinued in 1945, so the token must be at least that old.

A 50-cal shell. Damn, but those things are big. Makes the rounds from my .30-06 seem puny in comparison.

A black lacquer box with a drawer that slides out to reveal a pair of chopsticks. The chopsticks appear to have never been used. The box itself has a carving of a man in traditional Japanese attire climbing a mountain trail in front of a waterfall. This set was probably a gift from my grandfather's brother and his Japanese wife.
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