Calf’s Head en Tortue

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In came across these bags in the alley adjacent to Parc. In the back was some original art I took an interest in.

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It looks to be signed by a Bobby Atkinson. A woman by the same name published a book of watercolour scenes of Montreal and Quebec in 1970 in the same style as the one I found. Also, the signature in this signed copy of her book looks like a match.

It’s a really well done piece. I took it out of it’s busted frame and brought it home.

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A box of circuit breakers I came across on St Urbain. I brought them home but I have no real plan for them. If anyone has an interest in these send me an email!

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I also found this backpack with a working staple gun (with staples) inside. I’m going to keep this for myself as these things come in handy.

Overall no motherloads today but I’m pretty happy with the little (and big, in regards to the floor lamp) things I salvaged.

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Here’s something I recovered from the trash of the unwelcoming woman on Tuesday. It’s a menu from a July 27 1963 dinner on the Empress of Britain, which was a ship of the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company which regularly traversed the Atlantic in the 50s and 60s. The ship was sold to a Greek company in 1964 and exchanged a few more hands before finally being scrapped in 2008 at the age of 53.

I looks like it was a pretty fancy meal based on what was on the menu. Then again there’s also something called “Calf’s Head en Tortue” which just sounds weird. If you feel like seeing what’s on the menu click on the picture and zoom in!

Tomorrow morning I’ll be checking out the neighborhood of Villeray. I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes.

Electrolite

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I set out this morning for my usual Rosemont trash run but didn’t find anything of note. I was heading back “chez moi” when I came across this old lamp on De Lorimier near Dandurand. I decided to bring it home, which via bike was an interesting and occasionally harrowing experience. At some point a woman biked by, asked if I had found it and told me she was “jalouse” of my find. I enjoy encounters like that.

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The lamp was made by Electrolite in Toronto. I think that it’s pretty old because of how the label mentions that it’s an “electric” lamp. It likely came from a time when having electricity was still novel and not taken for granted.

My guess is that this lamp was made in the 1920’s. What do you think?

It’s not in perfect condition but I think with some TLC it could be great. The wiring is the main issue as it tripped my breaker when I plugged it in. It also needs a little polish and a little rust removal but I don’t think there’s anything that a elbow grease couldn’t fix.

Old lamps can be valuable so maybe I can make fixing the wiring a little project of mine. I found someone on Ottawa Kijiji selling a lamp just like mine for 150$, so if I can get it working and looking pretty I can make a nice profit.

I got the slides (from Expo 67 and etc) I found a few weeks ago digitized and subsequently sold them to someone with an artistic interest for 15$. I sold the shin guards from the hockey equipment I found in the McGill ghetto as well for 40$, increasing my monthly profit to 265$.

The slides are pretty interesting and I plan on uploading them (perhaps to a different website / blog) soon. I had my hopes set a bit high in terms of them being super professionally done, but they are cool amateur shots of times long past.

I’m going to check out the Mile End and environs later today. It’s supposed to drizzle all day but I don’t mind. In fact, I kind of like being out in a pleasant drizzle, and at times even a torrential downpour. I find it relaxing somehow.

Making some coin

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One of the things I found in the woman’s bags yesterday was a plastic bag full of coins. Included were a bunch of nickels and dimes, a few commemorative Canadian dollars from the 80s, a couple of American Half-Dollars from the 70s, a coin from Jamaica (1969), and a couple of coins from the British Carribean Territories Eastern Group (1955 and 65) which once encompassed Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Antigua. There were also around 200 pennies, a few of which date to the 30s.

It’s sort of bizarre to see valuable coins being casually thrown out (and having someone yell at you for wanting them!). Even the lowly penny, which many people don’t care about at all (and I totally get that), has significant value for the metals inside. The Canadian Mint, now that it has ceased production of the coin, has begun melting down all the old pennies to recycle the metal. The older ones were mostly copper which has a fair deal of value in the market.

By recycling them we can get that metal back into circulation, which means that we won’t need to mine as much new metal, which means there’ll be less pollution. All in all it’s a good thing. It’s sad to see the pennies go, but remember that there’s still many billions sitting doing nothing across the country! I’m going to throw mine in one of those change sorting machines to make a quick buck or two.

As an aside, will this impending influx of recycled copper into the marketplace drive down copper prices? Interesting to think about.

I’ll spend the nickels and dimes and try to sell the other coins at a yard sale for a modest profit. Overall I’m going to estimate that this bag of change will net me around 12$. I recently sold a pair of old police handcuffs I found a while back for 20$. I also sold the curling badges from a few days ago to an online buyer for 40$, making my monthly profit 210$.

I still have to sell / list some of the things I found this month, so my “real profits” will become more evident in the coming days.

Regardless, it’s nearing the end of the month. Hopefully I’ll come across some things that’ll give a nice bump to my profit margin.