Our house was built in 1898, long before the types of house insulation that are popular today were invented. When my husband did the demo of our 3rd floor, he found a bunch of old magazines that were used as insulation in the walls. How well do you think these papers hold up against a Minnesota winter? No wonder our heating bills have been so high all these years!
And look at all fun treasures he found underneath the floorboards:
Did you notice the pin-up girl playing card? Or the Licorice candy cigarettes? How about the advertisement for the Daisy air rifle? There were also lots of old candy wrappers (Stark bars, anyone?), a ton of marbles and even an old lighter (the small metal tube underneath the Daisy ad).
And my favorite, the tag from a germicidally treated mattress....
Have you ever found any cool artifacts in your house? Did you keep them or put them back? (We're planning to put ours back in a box under the new floorboards!)