Blessings pt. 1

Before we start, let me just say that I’m planning on having what will mostly likely be my last yard sale of the year this Sunday. It’ll be at my garage near the corner of Mentana and St Gregoire in the Plateau, probably from around 11am-5pm. I’ll have the usual collection of quality junk, as well as some decent furniture and lots of clothes, a section my friend Sarah will manage (as I personally suck at dealing with clothes). I actually found some great fall fashions recently which I hope to share here tomorrow. Anyways, hope to see you there!

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I have lots of photos on my computer to share, and I hope to get the older ones posted relatively soon. Like I said in a recent comment, my most recent finds are the ones that excite me the most, and I find it harder to write about stuff I found a long time ago.

I found this stuff in the Plateau around two months back. I probably wouldn’t have happened upon the spot if not for it being close to my new garage space. I met one of the neighbours while looking through some old papers, and she said that someone was clearing out their mother’s apartment. I found lots of cool stuff there, but unfortunately the spot has since dried up.

This posts features an impressive collection of old diplomas and certificates, as well as some nice framed items. The next post will feature the random bits of old but cool junk.

I’ve seen a few different Institut Stenographique Perrault (stenography) diplomas in my trash picking career, but this one was in the best condition of the bunch. The institute definitely had a flair for graphic design. This one, like most of the others, is from the 1940s.

The graphic design on this one is pretty sweet too! For the record, I edited out the name of the person from all these diplomas for privacy’s sake. Below are more certificates (and one report card), click on them if you want a closer look. I’ve never seen such a large collection in one place, and it’s interesting to see what kind of certificates one might have collected back in the day.

 

I also saved a lot of nice old framed images. This one features the Acadian memorial in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.

This print of Jacques Cartier seems to date back to 1934.

I found a few different papal blessings. At the time I hadn’t really seen any before, but since then I’ve found a few more. This one is from Pope Pius XII, and was signed in 1949. Most of these blessings weren’t actually signed by the pope, but by other Vatican officials. I think they were largely a way to raise money for the church.

This one is also from Pius XII. His blessings are cool but fairly common.

This blessing is the most intriguing of the bunch. It’s from Pope Benedict XV, who was Pope for around eight years (1914-1922), four of which were during WWI. Apparently it’s relatively hard to find Pope Benedict related items, in part because of his short tenure and probably the wars, so these things can have some value. How much, I’m not sure. If someone has a Worthpoint account they could help by telling me what this similar piece sold for…

The blessing was given to a Rimouski-based Catholic organization with a very long name. Zoom in for a better look. The handwriting is very beautiful, as is the illumination which I believe was printed beforehand.

I’ve looked at a lot of Benedict’s handwriting and I doubt this was actually signed by him, though I’d welcome any input you might have! It would be great if it was, as items signed by Benedict XV seem to sell for many hundreds of dollars, if not more.

Regardless, it’s a pretty neat piece. I just remembered there was this one other really cool framed thing I found at this spot, but it’ll have to wait until the next blog post.

Relevant links

1. Facebook page
2. My eBay listings
3. Etsy store
4. Kijiji listings
5. Contribute to garbagefinds.com
6. Follow me on Instagram

Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. I often fall behind on emails, so I apologize in advance if it takes me a while to get back to you.

 

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10 thoughts on “Blessings pt. 1

  1. Helen says:

    Back in the day people cherished these papal blessings ,beleiving they gave them protection.My grandma went to Rome to have one made to bless my parents+ family.

  2. Romeo says:

    You save so much historically interesting stuff.I hope a municipal politician from Montreal openly praises your work and rewards you.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Those diplomas are so interesting and such interesting design. I hope someone buys them from you and finds a perfect spot to hang them. Thank you for saving this stuff from the landfill. I am in California but if I was nearby I would love to come and shop your garage sale on Saturday! Is it customary in Canada to start a sale at 11am? Just wondering…I like to start mine at 9am but usually people start arriving at 7:30am.

    • martng says:

      Thanks, I think they’re pretty cool too. In most places yard sales start early, but I find that people in my neighbourhood tend to be late risers, so I take the opportunity to rise late as well. I think people are a bit more casual about yard sales around here. In rural areas, and probably suburban areas it’s a bit more of an “event” that people like to do in the mornings.

      • Fonda says:

        In southeastern NC, I find that people like to start their sales at 7 am and end by 1 or 2pm because of the heat of the day. Heck, we started our sale at about 7 am and by noon, the heat was getting to us. I guess it all depends on factors like the weather.

  4. Steve List says:

    I always look forward to your reports on your scavenger fines, thanks for what you do. Here is what WothPoint has.

    POPE BENEDICT XV Plenary Indulgence frame picture 1920

    Sold for: $152.50
    Sold Date: Sep 16, 2007

  5. Scott Gregory says:

    Great Post Martin!(as always)…Love the Evangeline framed picture! Cheers from East Coast(PEI)….

  6. I know how much you enjoy ephemera. 🙂

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