My favourite spot in CDN has been less productive my last two times out. The well could be drying up, although I remember prematurely saying that a few weeks ago as well.
The only noteworthy thing I found was this framed picture featuring members of a YMHA (Young Men’s Hebrew Assocation) “Peerless Club” from 1934. I like its vintage art deco styling. Let me know if you have any idea what the “Peerless Club” might have been!
Monday and Tuesday were otherwise uneventful. I decided to go to TMR this morning and came away with a better haul.
This one house has been throwing away a lot of books over the last few weeks. I leave unfamiliar books to be recycled and take only what I think I can easily sell. This time around I got JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This book contains a years worth of “L’oratoire” (published by St Joseph’s Oratory) magazines from 1944.
Also in a black garbage bag was this small Greek Orthodox wall hanging. There’s a certificate on the back that makes it sounds pretty fancy (gold sheets on canvas on aged wood, Byzantine style!). I found a similar piece on Ebay selling for 141$. Maybe I’ll list mine a bit cheaper in hopes that I can sell it quickly.
There’s been a “for sale” sign in front of this house for a very long time. The sign is now gone and renovations seem to have begun.
The bags were mostly filled with junk and debris but I managed to scrounge up three nice crystal glass vases and an oil lamp.
My best finds though came from this spot. The garbage was hauled away before I had the chance to take a look (you can see the truck in the background) but the recycling bit was full of awesome paper ephemera.
There was a bunch of Expo 67-related memorabilia. At top are two complete papers from the opening (by the Star and Gazette). At bottom is a 1966 Montreal Star Expo preview and a Journal de Montreal from the day of closing.
(I decided to take the pictures outside. They came out well but also look like they were taken on the moon!).
Here are several copies of a Montreal 67 magazine alongside various Expo maps and documents.
There was also a great collection of Expo souvenir and guide books. Everything here is in really excellent condition and altogether should make me some nice coin.
Lots of people saved mementos from the moon landing and this person was no exception. None of these are particularly uncommon or valuable but people still love seeing them at yard sales.
Here’s a bunch more mid-60s/early 70s magazines …
… and a collection of 70s and 80s theatre and ballet playbills.
This Montreal Gazette was published around the time when the Bill 101 language laws were proposed in Quebec (1977). I like how Camille Laurin (the guy in the photo) is holding a cigarette during what looks to be an official media event.
Speaking of smoking, here’s a promotional comic book produced for the Canadian Cancer Society back in 1971. I suppose this was around the time people started realizing that smoking can cause cancer.
I love maps and appreciated finding this 1960 Montreal transit map. This was before the metro was built and many neighbourhoods (such as Ville St Laurent) were developed.
There were plenty more maps and travel brochures. I’ll sell some of these at yard sales while others might go to an Ebay lot.
These late 50s-early 60s Canadian travel booklets are quite beautiful. Since they match up they might do well as an Ebay lot.
A couple more souvenirs for events deemed noteworthy by whoever owned this collection.
I’ve found surprisingly few 76 Olympics-related things in the garbage to this point and was happy to come across these old tickets to football (soccer) and water polo events. There seems to be a market for these old tickets on Ebay – they go used for between 10-20$ a piece. I’ll try to get 100$ for the lot.
Last but not least is a booklet published by Hockey Canada as a preamble to the 1972 Summit Series, a Canada vs USSR 8-game hockey tournament during the height of the Cold War. Canada won (of course) and the final goal is a classic moment in Canadian sports history. Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the Prime Minister at the time wrote the introduction. I haven’t been able to find anything like it on Ebay so far and I assume it has a bit of collector value.
Last weeks sales (June 2 – June 8)
“Freak show” signed photographs: Sold on Ebay for 154$. These were found with the Nazi Germany passports at the end of April. Post
-Total: 154$, 492 since May 18 (when I began keeping track)
Only one sale last week but it was a nice one. I figure as long as I can make around 150$ dollars a week I can stay afloat, though at some point I’d like to make a bit more.
I found some good stuff (and was given more for free!) in Outremont this morning but will hold off on showing that for now. With any luck my next post will also include things I find tomorrow morning in CDN and NDG.