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
ARMOUR AND COMPANY
GENERAL OFFICES, CHICAGO
MADE IN U.S.A.
(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.