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Sortilège Pt.3

This box full of old picture frames was on the curb the first day I stopped here (it was fuller than seen above, but I tossed out some broken ones). I sold the frames to someone at a yard sale, who later returned the photos to me as part of our agreement.

Most of the frames contained 8 x 10″ photos signed by doctors. This guy is Nathan Shock – not a household name by any means, but someone apparently deserving of a Wikipedia page as the “father of gerontology.”

I can’t make out this guy’s name, but he looks like someone who might have a Wikipedia page. Any guesses as to who he is, or what the signature says?

This one is signed: “To a fine doctor and friend – Lou Wolfson.” Assuming it’s the same guy (he definitely has the same ears), this Louis Wolfson was a Wall Street financier and one of the first corporate raiders. He was also apparently big into horse racing – his farm bred Affirmed, who won the triple crown in 1978. His signatures don’t seem to be plentiful, so maybe this could have some value to a collector with an interest in horse racing or Wall Street.

I also found some loose photos, like this one from a 1957 American College of Chest Physicians meeting. The detail in this photo is great, zoom in for a closer look! I think I sold this at one of my yard sales.

I’ve been wondering who this guy is for some time now. I feel like he’s part of a boy band or something. Any ideas? I can’t make out his signature either.

This fun photo was taken at “Au Lutin Qui Bouffe,” a long defunct Montreal restaurant best known for having their clients pose for photos with a piglet and a milk bottle. I found a cool old menu of theirs a while back, which I ended up selling for a nice profit.

I found a few books but this one – a bid book published by the organizing committee of the 1980 Moscow Olympics games – was the most noteworthy of the bunch. Bid books are basically official responses to an IOC questionnaire sent to every city that wants to host the Olympics.

The book was very nicely designed. This is one of the first pages, which opens into a large photo of Moscow (below).

Inside the cover was this business card. I did a bit of research on Gresko (I found more info under “Alexander” than “Alexandr”) and he was suspected of being a KGB agent on top of his role as a sports organizer. This article contains some interesting anecdotes about him, while this book mentions how “it became clear” to Canadian officials that Gresko was KGB.

Bid books often do quite well on eBay. I can’t find any others like it online, and the Moscow games were notable for the politics involved so it seems likely that this book is worth a least a couple hundred dollars. I just need to figure out how to glue to picture of Spasskaya Tower back on the cover – it has come undone after 40 years. Can anyone suggest a type of glue that would work well but not damage the book in any way?

Check out the pictures below if you’d like a closer look!

 

My car right now

In other news, yet another massive dump of snow (about 36cm apparently) will make trash picking annoying for about a week. I’ll probably go on only short runs to familiar spots for at least the first half of the week.

I bought this overhead light on Amazon. It should arrive early next week, and I hope that it’ll allow me to take quality photos in my garage.

Finally, the guy who won the Bakelite bead auction hasn’t paid me yet, so it seems likely that I’ll have to go through the auction process again. It’s a bit disappointing, but I was careful not to get my hopes up and I’m happy to know that the beads are worth more than I expected (though likely not as much as they were bid up to).

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Sortilège pt.2

Most of the snow from the past week has finally been cleared, making it easier for me to go about my business. I went on a long run this morning, passing through some of Outremont and lots of Cote St-Luc. I didn’t see much of interest, but five nice pens (including a Parker 51) I found on one of my last streets may have salvaged the day.

My Tuesday evening run was also saved by one good pile. Some rich folks who look to soon be moving put out bags and bags of clothes, most of which were in great shape. I found a bag loaded with barely worn jeans, a bag of nice shoes and boots, a bag of jackets, and a bag of dress shirts. Most seem to be in yard saleable condition, but one pair of 20-eye Doc Marten boots might be worth listing on eBay.

It’s supposed to rain a lot, and then snow again tomorrow which might put a damper on my picking. We shall see! In the meantime, here’s some more finds from the summer. This place was tossing out great stuff week after week, from fun vintage “quality junk” to some silver and gold jewelry. Above is a nice old rotary phone, an Oticon hearing aid doohickey, a Cartier watch box, and some chandelier crystals.

I saved a sewing box filled with shoe shapers, many of which sold at my yard sales.

The family looked to be Jewish. Above you can see a mezuzah and a medallion commemorating one of Israel’s military victories.

This coin celebrates the 25th anniversary of Israel. They don’t tend to be worth much – I think they were pretty commonly given out as gifts. However, maybe one day I’ll get lucky and find one made of silver or gold. This one is bronze.

I found some cool frames here. The green ones are a bit odd – they have no earpiece to speak of and are also perhaps the strongest glasses I’ve ever tried on. Usually it hurts my eyes to put on strong prescriptions, but these ones just make me feel drunk.

Here’s some of the costume jewelry, as well as some smaller pins & baubles.

You might remember those pens from a recent sales post. They were old Parker Vacumatics that despite not being in perfect condition still sold for 90$. That Birks frame was missing the glass but still sold recently for 30$. There’s another mezuzah here, as well as a nice vintage Montblanc pen box that should sell for a decent profit.

My favourite finds though were the bits of gold and silver jewelry you see above. Most went to my silver/gold scrap guy – he can do with them as he pleases. I kept the gold Star of David pendant, which I expect I can sell at above weight value online, and the charm on the bottom left. All in all, these pieces should end up making me around 300$.

There’s one more part to this series. It’ll include some interesting photos and an uncommon book!

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New garage & scrooge pt.2

I moved all my junk into the new garage space a few weeks ago. I was helped by the former tenant who now occupies my old garage. The transition wasn’t all that hard thanks to a door connecting the two spaces, but because we were in a rush (he had a fancy car in there and wanted to move it before the snow came later that night) the placement of my products wasn’t well thought out.

I’ve gone back a few times since then to move things around. The garage now looks much better than it does above, though it’s still a work in progress. I have a lot more space to work with now, and I’m hoping the extra expense (300$ total, or 200$ a month more than the other garage) ends up being worth it!

One of my main goals for the garage is to set up a little photo studio so I can get quality pictures of my trash. Lighting is key for good photos, so I bought these two umbrella things off eBay in hopes that they’d do the trick. They seem well made, but the light output isn’t nearly strong enough for my purposes. I might just need to buy a couple more to get that optimal light, but if you have any advice let me know! My dream is to be able to take large group shots at a level of quality near what I can achieve using my light box at home.

I haven’t found much good trash lately, in large part because of the harsh weather, and the stuff I did find won’t be documented until I get that light situation figured out. So, I figured I’d share one of my more unusual finds from the summer: a large collection of vintage Chinese food-related items, and fortune cookies in particular. One box I saved was stuffed with empty fortune cookie boxes, most of which look to date from the 60s-80s. For the record, this all came from that spot where I was eventually yelled at by an angry guy with a dog.

(FYI, these photos were all taken at my old garage until mediocre light. They look okay, but if you zoom in the details aren’t that great).

I expect there’s a collector, or maybe a researcher out there who would be interested in these! They’ve been sitting in my garage since the summer, but maybe I’ll finally do something with them soon. The collection could make for a fun eBay lot.

That Amay’s Almond Cookies box was loaded with other smaller, flattened boxes.

I also found a small box full of actual fortune cookies, which like the boxes probably dated back around 30-50 years. I wonder how they’d taste? I’d guess not good.

These were the biggest fortune cookies I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, like the others they’re quite stale!

Of course, what fortune cookie collection is complete without some actual fortunes? My favourites are the ones that look hand-typed. Zoom in for a better look at what they say!

My favourite part of this collection is yet to come, however – five scrapbooks full of old Chinese restaurant related ephemera, including clippings of ads and articles from magazines. I’ll show you that sometime in the near future!

In other news, the bakelite bead auction I started last week did exceptionally well, ending at a mind boggling 1,141$. I won’t celebrate too much until I actually get paid (I haven’t yet, but I assume that’s normal for a transaction that big) and the package is successfully delivered, but I am cautiously optimistic. I wasn’t expecting anywhere near that amount, otherwise I would have listed it years ago! The other two auctions were duds – the items did sell, but at their original listing price – but this result would more than make up for that.

Anyways, the weather for this week is looking a bit nicer (though the rain sounds kind of gross) and hopefully the finds will be more plentiful. I’ll keep you posted!

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4. Kijiji listings
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