Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wedding invitation 104 years late

We went out to Woodbury today to try to get some work accomplished. We wanted to concentrate on the upstairs bedrooms. We picked out neutral paint colors because we dont want anything too drastic.

Today we worked on the front bedroom, you may remember this room as the hideous pink room, come tho think of it I dont think I ever posted a picture of this room because the color was so terrible:

Here are a few after pics:

Much better.

Tomorrow we will tackle the Master bedroom and the upstairs hallway if we have time.

After we finished the bedroom I was exploring around the house. The top of the mantle in the living room is missing and the PO stuck a 1x12 on some shelf brackets to rig up a top mantle piece. I removed it because it was so ugly and started thinking of what might be behind the mantle. It was loose and hanging from the wall so I got a flashlight and started looking behind it. At first I found nothing, I was about to give up when a small envelope wedged way down caught my eye.

It turned out to be a wedding invitation to the second owners of the house dated 1904! and it was still sealed! Here are some pictures of it:

The first pic is of the outer envelope, notice the Ben Franklin 1 cent stamp, the second pic is of the inner envelope, and the third pic is the invitation. It had a very fine piece of tissue paper inside it.

I also found this:

I wonder what store this was from and how old it is...


Kristy said...

Those are some pretty cool finds. One has to wonder if the husband or wife hid that invitation because they didn't want to go to the wedding. "Whoops, were we invited to that. We certainly didn't receive an invitation." :-)

Jen said...

What a great find. I wonder if any of the family is still in the area.

Unknown said...

Hi - I just stumbled across your site. We found newspapers under the linoleum in several of our rooms too. Same approx year as yours. Great thing was that I found an ad for the very car that a friend was restoring!

FreeBird Farm said...

Wow! What a great find! I hoped to find something like that in our house, some 1907 newspaper, but nothing "personal".

Does make you wonder how it got back there...