Every old house has its secrets - from hidden treasures in the crawl space and secret doors to creepy basement passages and dark attics filled with ancient valuables. The history is all around us, and if you look hard enough, you can find a treasure trove inside your home. Below you'll see a list of people who made unintentional 'archeological' discoveries when on the task of home renovation and then found a way to put them to good use.

Some of the artifacts are small, like coins hidden in the wall, while others are more permanent features to the structure of the building, such as an old well in the floor and secret rooms. No matter the size we can all agree it's pretty cool to come across clues that tell us about times past, so scroll down below and enjoy these 'rare antiquities.' Don't forget to upvote your favs and may your treasure hunt be lucky!

P.S.: The story behind the razor blade slot that quite a few people find when home remodeling has a simple explanation - some houses built before the 1970s had these slits for razor disposal for two reasons. One was that the razors were dangerous to put in general trash, and the second was that people didn't think about littering and trash the way we do now. For them, waste used to 'magically' disappear, so dropping them into a secret place between your bathroom walls seemed like a great idea.

#1

They Found The Old Bath Under Their Living Room

They Found The Old Bath Under Their Living Room

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#2

Pulled Up The Carpet At The House, And Guess What I Found!

Pulled Up The Carpet At The House, And Guess What I Found!

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Aaron Kara
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now you can argue with your family all over again, but bigger!

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Treasure In My Bathroom

Treasure In My Bathroom

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, wow wow. I wonder the story behind, how can one leave that ring? What happened to original owners!

Naima Ivansdóttir
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i'd like to know in which city the apartment is. that could give a possible hint

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boredhuman
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My fat ass thought the second picture was a cake...

tarebear
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mine too....I couldn't figure out why they left cake in the bathroom but I was happy it was found

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Blacksheep
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would try to find the original's owner family to give them back these treasures from the past. There must be quite a story behind all this.

Merilyn Horton
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone must have died before they could collect that.

Richard
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe it has been the appartement of an old lady who once hid her treasures there and then forget about it.

Night Owl
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd try to find the previous owners

Carol Harrison
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So sad when this happens. People hide things, pass on, and the heirs have no idea what happened to the keepsakes.

Suparna Gibbs
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the bottle and alkaline seltzer container too!

Genevieve Gates
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At first I thought it was nice of them to leave treasure for the next person. But now that I see jewelry too, I realize they just forgot where they put it or something horrible like that.

Dana Marriott
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing! Did you try to find any living relatives to return items to them?

Donna Reynolds
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cool! Much better than Geraldo Riveras’ find.

Ann McNeil
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the first pic, how do you reach the toilet paper? It's stuck there on the left part way behind the cabinet ...

MadMom
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're looking at the inside of a medicine cabinet set into a mirror, the tp is reflected.

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ispeak catanese
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The quarters are from 1964, property records in city hall might give the finder some clues.

Susann Campbell
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If that is a real diamond it has a signature on it when a jeweler seen into it they will discover who when what but probably not why.

Pam Falcioni
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Diamonds aren't signed. Modern certified diamonds have a lab certificate number that was engraved by laser. This ring is obviously too old to have a laser engraving.

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Kelly
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That ring is gorgeous!

Kelli Sykes
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if the person died & nobody in their family knew her/his secret hiding spot do it got left Curious as to the value of it all & its story

Alejo Rostata
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That house must be John Wick's old appartment.

Gale Willoughby
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would love to find that. I wonder who the original owners are and if they have any descendants.

Lucy Howard
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow what an exciting find 🧡💛❤️

Leslie Presto
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those half dollars & quarters made in the 60s are worth $500-$3k cause they're real silver. I'd take those to a pawn shop.

Sarah Fox
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would love to find out about the original owners for the stories behind their treasures and they came to rest there.

Josie Coffman
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wooooowwwwwwwwwwww. I need to know the bsck story!

Anita Wolf
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My guess is that an old lady lived there, she eventually forgot about it.

Liz Mosby
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please make an effort to find the owners or their family! If you do, you will be blessed many times in return. Ppl leave stuff behind for many reasons. I know I've left personal treasures behind on accident and the ppl who left this, it would make them, or their family very happy. Of course I do understand it would be crazy hard to find the right ppl and find honest people who can describe to exact detail where it was, what it is, and the exact address.. but PLEASE, at least make some type of attempt. These types of finds usually happen right when you absolutely could use it, BUT like I said before, it will return many times if you at least try to find the owners

Kim Lorton
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my woweee! What a nice secret to find for a hide hole!

Andrea Delden
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! What a lucky find! How exciting!

default skin 69
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What did they take this with, a potato?

Nikki D
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can anyone tell me what that note says?

Sherly Septiani
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

woooowww... is that caesar on the coins?

cwa92464
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't the chain just for hair in the drain??

lindsayaotter
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Strange and wonderful at the same time.

MysticalMan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also second photo down is just lath and plaster.

Rocky Joe
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You did not removed the bones inside, right?

Ben Smith
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's a whole lot of silver and a very nice ring. Wonderful :)

Aaron Kara
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4 years ago

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Straight to the pawn shop...

Kjorn
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4 years ago

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quarter from Canada? don't Worth that much

Pam Falcioni
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Don't worth much"? Worth about as much as your education, or lack thereof?

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#4

I Was Helping My Dad Move Into His New Office, When We Found A Trapdoor

I Was Helping My Dad Move Into His New Office, When We Found A Trapdoor

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would be fascinated to go through all that stuff

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#5

This Vintage Space Themed Wallpaper Found Under 3 Layers Of Other Wallpaper In An Old Farm House

This Vintage Space Themed Wallpaper Found Under 3 Layers Of Other Wallpaper In An Old Farm House

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#6

The Walgreens In My Neighborhood Used To Be A Bank And They Used Its Vault As Their Vitamin Section

The Walgreens In My Neighborhood Used To Be A Bank And They Used Its Vault As Their Vitamin Section

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Ben Smith
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen restaurants built in old banks where you can eat in the vault... Very cool

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#7

Friend Was Redecorating His New House And Found This Under A Layer Of Wallpaper

Friend Was Redecorating His New House And Found This Under A Layer Of Wallpaper

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Night Owl
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You should definitely find a way to restore it and not cower it again

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#8

Found A Paw Print On A Brick Wall

Found A Paw Print On A Brick Wall

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Max L.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Possibly comes directly from the brick factory !

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#9

The Table At This Pub Has A Well In The Middle Of It (England)

The Table At This Pub Has A Well In The Middle Of It (England)

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#10

Untouched 1800's Cemetery Preserved In The Basement Of A Tall Building Built Over It

Untouched 1800's Cemetery Preserved In The Basement Of A Tall Building Built Over It

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#11

My Grandparents Have A Glassed-Over Well In Their Kitchen

My Grandparents Have A Glassed-Over Well In Their Kitchen

They bought the house 10 years ago, they stripped it down and they found it then. They thought it was quite unique and wanted it as a feature, it’s about 25 foot deep and connects to a small old river that ran under a long time ago. Fortunately I have yet to see anything down there!

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#12

Our New Apartment Has A Little Milk Door Under The Cabinets

Our New Apartment Has A Little Milk Door Under The Cabinets

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#13

My Friend Decided To Replace Her Old Carpet And She Found A Cellar Door And A Cool Surprise

My Friend Decided To Replace Her Old Carpet And She Found A Cellar Door And A Cool Surprise

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Aaron Kara
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would be worried that the 'surprise' waiting for me after opening a secret cellar door would be eternal damnation and pure unbridled evil carnage...

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#14

My Apartment Is An Old Police Station And Still Has The Original Cell Doors But Painted

My Apartment Is An Old Police Station And Still Has The Original Cell Doors But Painted

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will probably paint black bars on it to make it more realistic!

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#15

Found Some Friends In A Mile-Long Tunnel That Travels Beneath My Apartment Building

Found Some Friends In A Mile-Long Tunnel That Travels Beneath My Apartment Building

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Virgil Blue
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen this Dr Who episode, just run or be come one of them!

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#16

Lost Hippie Mural Found Under My Flooded House

Lost Hippie Mural Found Under My Flooded House

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#17

Found A Message While Removing Our Cork Floor Tiles

Found A Message While Removing Our Cork Floor Tiles

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#18

My Living Room Was Built Around A Huge Sandstone Rock

My Living Room Was Built Around A Huge Sandstone Rock

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#19

This Wall Broke Exposing Years Of Layers Of Paint

This Wall Broke Exposing Years Of Layers Of Paint

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KaPOW
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Think of all that space you are losing, scrape it off and gain and extra cm!

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#20

Found Some Nice Drawings Under The Wallpaper I'm Removing

Found Some Nice Drawings Under The Wallpaper I'm Removing

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#21

100-Year-Old Elevator Handle I Saved

100-Year-Old Elevator Handle I Saved

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have so much urge to give it a Go! Like they show it in movies!

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#22

These "Tom And Jerry" Type Mouse Holes Gnawed In A House Built In 1741

These "Tom And Jerry" Type Mouse Holes Gnawed In A House Built In 1741

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glowworm2
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm just waiting for the little cartoon mice to pop up!

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#23

Uncovered At A Times Square Construction Site

Uncovered At A Times Square Construction Site

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#24

I've Been Living In My House And I Just Noticed My Back Door Handle Is A Spoon

I've Been Living In My House And I Just Noticed My Back Door Handle Is A Spoon

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#25

The House I'm Staying In Has Kept Its Original Well As A Feature

The House I'm Staying In Has Kept Its Original Well As A Feature

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#26

So I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And Made A Big Discovery

So I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And Made A Big Discovery

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S Bagci
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is awesome. Imagine having this extra space that you aren't paying for . Its awesome. I would clean it and make it livable and not tell anyone.

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#27

While Renovating My Basement We Found This Painting On The Cement Behind The Wall

While Renovating My Basement We Found This Painting On The Cement Behind The Wall

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#28

I Recently Moved Into A 70s Porn Motif Dream Home. This Is My Bathtub

I Recently Moved Into A 70s Porn Motif Dream Home. This Is My Bathtub

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly, to me it looks like just a wash basin, may its the perspective which is making it look small or that is really small bath tub for midgets!

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#29

Apparently, Disposing Of Old Razor Blades Inside Your Wall Was Acceptable In The 1950's

Apparently, Disposing Of Old Razor Blades Inside Your Wall Was Acceptable In The 1950's

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Aaron Kara
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In their defence it is labelled 'razor blades'.' Where else could you possibly dispose of them?

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#30

This Mail Slot In A Building I Was In Today Sends The Mail Down 17 Stories To The Basement. Original From 1929

This Mail Slot In A Building I Was In Today Sends The Mail Down 17 Stories To The Basement. Original From 1929

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love it the way it is maintained and preserved. A gateway to 1929!

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#31

My House Still Has Old-Fashioned Light Switches From Its Original Construction

My House Still Has Old-Fashioned Light Switches From Its Original Construction

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Bunzilla
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Careful, there might be knob and tube in there, and that stuff is bad news.

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#32

This Building Has The Original 1909 Electrical Switches

This Building Has The Original 1909 Electrical Switches

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