Family, industry and thrift


Today saw a resurrection of a spot I gave a pre-emptive eulogy for in my last post. There were plenty of interesting things hidden inside these nondescript black garbage bags. This house has provided me so much and it’s hard to imagine where it’s all coming from. I have to assume there’s a big basement.


This 1960s Garrard AT6 seems to work great. It plays the familiar 33s and 45s but also 78s and 16s, the last of which I’ve never heard of. The make and model are somewhat desired and with a little surface cleaning it should make me around 50$.


I’m suddenly finding all kinds of these old school breakable records. Many of these feature music made for “foxtrot” dancing which was popular in the 20s and 30s. Someone actually uploaded a song off the top record (Lest You Forget by the Harry Thomas Trio) to Youtube, click here if you want to hear it. Here’s a video of people doing the foxtrot.


The cane on the right is sort of fancy – the little band in the middle is marked sterling silver. The finish on both is a bit worn but they still look nice.


Here’s a collection of old slides. A few are labelled as being of vacations in the 50s, 60s and early 70s while others are unmarked. The most intriguing is the box at the bottom which apparently contains “additional” scenes from Expo 67 (which may mean there’s more in the other boxes, or perhaps they’re yet to come), pictures of a 1970 solar eclipse and shots of the Apollo 13 take-off. The Apollo 13 slides appear to be of the televised launch from what I can see looking at the slides. I’ll try to get the Expo slides scanned for my photo blog.


I’ve seen enough of these miniature decorative liquor bottles that I don’t even really mention them any more. These ones are kind of cool though, the middle two especially as they feature a very 20s-30s motif.


A few more foreign coins, most of which some from the 40s and 50s. The two American dimes at top right are old enough to 90% silver.


On this little shot glass sized container (possibly just a shot glass) is printed “F.D.R” and “Specialty [sic] Restaurants, Printed in USA.” I don’t know if it has anything to do with Franklin Delano Roosevelt but it could be from that era.


These magazines both feature stories about the moon landing. The one on the left was published before the landing and the one on the right just after (July 25th – the landing was July 20th). These aren’t particularly valuable but they’re good yard sale material.


This 1969 McGill Student Handbook contains some very activist articles, one of which has a title I couldn’t possibly repeat.


Inside this paper holder is a report card from 1962. I like the Montreal Savings Bank ad on the front which bears the phrase: “Family, industry and thrift make happy homes and prosperous nations.”


I thought this old “Girl watchers’ drink guide” published by Southern Comfort was hilariously creepy. Someone will definitely want this at a future yard sale.


This book explains (with examples!) the various techniques and poses for photographing nude women.


I also found a program for a Temptations concert. The concert had to have been pre-1970s as Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams are still part of the band. On the inside cover are two autographs next to the pictures of Otis Williams and Dennis Edwards. Autograph selling is more difficult without authentication (which isn’t really worth it in most cases) but if you put nice pictures on Ebay the buyers can judge for themselves.


I didn’t find much outside of that one place. I stopped at the house I found the little sewing table last week and saw a bunch of papers inside the recycling bin.


Most of the papers weren’t particularly interesting but I did like this “Roller Speedway News” (another term for roller derby) magazine published in London England in August of 1939. It’s a Volume 1 Number 1 and I can’t find any reference to it online so perhaps this was the only edition. WWII started one month later so writing the magazine might have no longer been a priority.

I head out to TMR tomorrow hoping for an end to the dry spell there. Wish me luck!

8 thoughts on “Family, industry and thrift”

    1. And that’s likely why some don’t want people poking through their garbage. They’d be mortified to know that someone has seen it.


  1. The 16rpm on the turntable was for “talking books”, but I’m not sure what those entailed. For voice, the limited frequency response of a slow record didn’t matter. I think they might have seen some use with filmstrips projectors, which were c’mon in schools in the sixties.

    That 1970 eclipse was pretty big, coming so soon after the first moon landing. I remember watching it with a box, a pinhole on one side projecting the image onto the inner side of the box, so it was all safe.

    And before the first landing, various magazines did run articles on how to photograph your TV screen. It was a big event, and virtually nobody had videorecorders to record the event. Watch it when it came on, or don’t see it at all, hence filming it with a camera was the only way to save it.

    One of the articles in that Handbook is by Jerry Farber, and his essays were collected on a book. So I’m pretty sure he’s not local. And is “Stan Gray” the later politician?


    1. Stan Gray was a McGill political science professor who was fired before the publishing of this document according to another article. His firing was political but I’m not sure of the details. No idea as to his future job but I wouldn’t be surprised if he became a politician

  2. THose are beatiful finds.Your strategy of foraging the trash in front of homes where a “FOR SALE’ sign appears is paying dividends.When a home is sold,many owners clear out a lot of stuff from their basement,garage and attics.

  3. I really enjoy reading your comments about what you find! I dream of doing your job but where i live, in the Laurentides. You also take great pictures! Thank a lot for sharing your passion.

  4. That little “shot glass” with FDR on it looks like the kind of container they used to use in restaurants for cream. Sort of like little milk bottles. They had a paper stopper with a tab on the top. I can’t help you with the FDR marking.

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