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First aid for fighting men


It’s been less busy this week than I expected it would be. My only finds of note so far came Tuesday night in Mount Royal. This spot has started producing a few things in recent weeks.

I liked the vintage llama lamp that was put out front of the pile. I might put it to use once I find a matching shade.

There were some books and magazines in one of the black bags. I figure I’ll be able to sell the Birks catalogues (right side) for a modest profit. They’re all from the 1970s and 1980s.

I also found some ancient cider; …

… a couple bocce or pétanque balls (with a weird magnetic tool stuck to it);

… and two boxes full of paints and other crafting goods. One of the boxes was in with the recycling – it really boggles my mind sometimes what people put in their bins! Most of the paints are half-full and still good. I’ll likely leave them on the street for someone else to find.

Otherwise, I stopped at the place where I found the jewellery boxes from my last Mount Royal post. These people are moving (the house is sold) and I imagine their place is just about cleared out.

I was excited to see some jewelry and other junk at the corner of one of the bags. There was a package of old dry cigars in there too, if you’re wondering what’s at the bottom of the picture.

There were several cufflinks, though only a few pairs. I really wish I was able to find the second of the one on the far right. It’s by N.E. From, a Danish modernist designer and is made of sterling silver. If I had a pair they’d be worth around 100$, but instead it’s just a cool chunk of silver.

One pair of cufflinks were marked as being 9 karat gold on silver.

I’m sure they have a bit of value, although I can’t say I’ve researched them yet. Does anyone know who that makers mark belongs to?

There were also some pins. I think the one third from the left features the logo of Quebec’s Liberal Party, which seems like a classic thing to find in Mount Royal. They have voted Liberal (at least federally) since 1940. The pin forth from the left features a Union Jack and the unofficial flag of Northern Ireland.

I thought this was going to be an Air Force pin, but instead it’s from a pilot school in Australia.

These look like shoulder patches for some kind of uniform. The buttons have anchors on them, which makes me think they’re somehow nautical-related. Does anyone have any ideas what they might be for?

I also found a yard long photo from a school in Belfast (dated 1957); …

… an old group photo, also from Belfast;

… this thing, which I think is some kind of nautical slide rule;

… a cool tobacco pipe by Falcon of England;

… a few scents;

… and some tea. These box were opened, but since each tea bag was individually packaged there was no risk of contamination.

However, my favourite finds here were a couple of WWII-era documents. This one is a booklet titled “An Atlas of Gas Poisoning.” It was published in 1939.

It describes the symptoms and treatment of mustard gas poisoning. Mustard gas was used a lot during WWI.

This book definitely makes me appreciate the fact that I will likely never have to worry about such things.

The second one is a pamphlet called “First Aid for Fighting Men.” It was published by the War Office of England in 1943.

It’s a very interesting document – click on the photo for a better look. I could sell it for around 20$, but I might just keep it for my personal collection. It’s just one of those things that act like a time warp, giving me a more real understanding of what fighting in that war would have been like.

I hope to have a yard sale this Sunday. I have so many things to unload. Send me an email if you’re interested in coming! I’ll also share the location on my Facebook page.

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