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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Jamie Hill
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1 year ago

That’s a hot tub not a bathtub.

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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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3 years ago

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

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#3

Treasure In My Bathroom

Treasure In My Bathroom

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

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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Night Owl
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3 years ago

That'd be cool for a kids' room

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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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3 years ago

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
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

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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3 years ago

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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

That is really cool, anyone knows where exactly it is?

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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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LittleGrayMouse
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3 years ago

That's rather creepy

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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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Cláudia Reis
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2 years ago

Where does the light in it come from?

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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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Samantha Comerford
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3 years ago

That is so cute .

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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
Community Member
3 years ago

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
Community Member
3 years ago

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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Max L.
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks painted under the influence

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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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Max L.
Community Member
3 years ago

Let them know !

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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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LittleGrayMouse
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks futuristic!

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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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Night Owl
Community Member
3 years ago

That's pretty good

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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Amanda Ford
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3 years ago

I wish they would preserve stuff like that.

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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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Not bad at all!

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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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Aaron Kara
Community Member
3 years ago

Nope. I've seen the Ring, I know what happens

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
3 years ago

The origins of Burning Man!

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

jamie1707
Community Member
3 years ago

there was a slot on the back of the razor blade package for used blades.

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Molly Block
Community Member
3 years ago

This used to be a VERY common thing.

jdbogy
Community Member
3 years ago

My home was built in 1969, and has this exact same thing in one of the bathrooms.

kalle1724
Community Member
3 years ago

Yup... ran across the same thing doing a bathroom remodel in our house that was built in 1939. This is what behind the wall looks like raz-5b8eaa...35272e.jpg raz-5b8eaa135272e.jpg

MysticalMan
Community Member
3 years ago

It was encouraged to do this, as Aaron Kara says in his comment. Better there than in the trash where they could cause harm.

Diane Abplanalp
Community Member
2 years ago

Why not put them back in the original container? It was designed to accommodate used blades.

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Pam Falcioni
Community Member
3 years ago

My grandparent's house had this same medicine cabinet, this is exactly what it's designed to do.

MBZ MetalsmithArtist
Community Member
3 years ago

We have these in our 1941 home

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
3 years ago

The house I grew up in was built in 1954 and had those slots in both of the medicine cabinets. I'd forgotten all about that until I saw this. Nice memory! They still used that style in the 70's, too, based on a couple of apartments I lived in over the years. Yes. I'm old! :)

Heather Whited
Community Member
3 years ago

The house I bought has that. My daughter was freaked out by the idea of someones DNA inside our bathroom wall lol

Angi Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL Have you ever been on a construction site? Especially back then? Youre in for a treat.

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7j6eqi
Community Member
3 years ago

Interesting, never knew about this. Why though?

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
3 years ago

It kept the used blades safely away from kids.

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Llews Art
Community Member
3 years ago

Aw, yes, the good mentality that the void behind furniture will get rid of objects we no longer need xD

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
3 years ago

This was very very common, had one in our 1963 home.

Annamay
Community Member
3 years ago

I remember those in the bathroom growing up in the 40's

Jan Nielsen
Community Member
3 years ago

We had one of those in a 1950s era bathroom, too.

Phyllis Schiel
Community Member
3 years ago

I lived in a house that had this!

Amanda Ford
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the way my grandparents built their house in 1953. When they redid their bathroom before I was born, there were a bazillion razor blades in the wall.

Teri Scaduto
Community Member
1 year ago

I had a razor blade slot in my NYC medicine cabinet, which shared a wall with my neibhbor’s cabinet. We could see each other through the little holes if we opened our cabinets at the same time.

Jimmy Rustled
Community Member
3 years ago

ok...no laughing, I still have those cabinets in bathroom of my house in florida,. they were in the house when we bought it, previous owner had bathroom finished in 60`s retro look which we liked so we left them...

Cathy Smart
Community Member
3 years ago

Definitely! Our medicine closet had a razor slot! House was bought brand new in 1951.

Barbara Narby
Community Member
3 years ago

Yea, the home I grew up in in the late 60s to 1983 had a cabinet just like that, and it was amazing to me as a little kid: where do all the razors go? I'm sure the new owners of the home could tell you, as they must have remodeled that bathroom.

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

That' wood is not from the 1950's.

Laurel Hartley
Community Member
1 year ago

I have seen that before, really strange !

Giggle Sunshine
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg

Angela Lawson
Community Member
1 year ago

My house was built in 1953 and has one of those

Marilyn Vennell
Community Member
1 year ago

This was very common

Jim Nixon
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, yeah. Anyone that has ever seen a medicine cabinet knew this. This is not a "discovery", this was by design. What a lame addition to this list.

Jim Nixon
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, yeah. Anyone that has ever seen a medicine cabinet knew this. What a lame entry into this list.

Sharon Piercy
Community Member
1 year ago

We had one like that.

Pat Christen Rucks
Community Member
1 year ago

My parents had that in their home. They bought it in 1968 and I have no idea how old the house was. I’ve talked to women in their 80s who lived there as children.

Alletta Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

I have one of those in my bathroom .

Annmarie Carr Fennelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Interesting, because we found HUNDREDS of razor blades behind the wall mirror when we redid our bathrooms.

Kristen Wheeler
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg! My house was built in the 1950s, and I just looked and my medicine cabinet has a razor blade slot into the wall too! That's so weird and gross...

Matthew Stolz
Community Member
1 year ago

Typical of that generation. Out of sight, out of mind.

Calista Longmire
Community Member
1 year ago

We had one of those in the house where I grew up. Didn't know what it was for, I used to push change in the slot!

Judy Scholl
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, the houses I lived in as a child had these.

Brenda Childs
Community Member
1 year ago

The house where I grew up had that!

Susan Grigg
Community Member
1 year ago

The house where I grew up had this type medicine cabinet also. The house was built mid-1950s. As a child it was a treat for daddy to let me drop the razor blade in the slot.

Sara Fanning
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. It was a thing.

Bonnie Scharf
Community Member
1 year ago

When we pulled down the ceiling it rained hundreds of razor blades.

Kim Phone Jarvo
Community Member
1 year ago

I didn't know this, but I don't find it that weird, it's fairly logical. Disposing of blades in the bin doesn't magically get rid of the blades, they can't be recycled because it's not hygienic and they pose a safety risk to the rubbish collectors and the rest of the family. They are small and not flammable, so what is wrong with storing them forever in a place which is inaccessible?

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

The logic behind that is baffling.

Tim Huvane
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2 years ago

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Mary Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

Still have that in our medicine cabinet. Getting ready to renovate so perhaps I'll have some interesting pictures as well.

Kathy Lord Tate
Community Member
2 years ago

You can tell the younger folks making comments on this. This was a long used practice of disposing of razor blades. Medicine cabinets, as they were called for many years, had the slot already in them when you would buy them when (or if) you were replacing yours, which was rare which is why so many still exist. People didn't immediately gut and replace everything when they bought a new house. It was just something people had "way back then".

Janette Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

I lived in a house with one of those

Jean Hendrickson
Community Member
2 years ago

It was very common!

Jerrilee Silk
Community Member
2 years ago

It was. The house I grew up in had one in the medicine cabinet.

Susan Callihan
Community Member
2 years ago

This was common practice so no one would get injured taking the trash out.

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
3 years ago

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Kimberly Dunn
Community Member
3 years ago

I never knew that was a "thing"... a hole for your used razors!!

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
Community Member
3 years ago

I've seen those in some old houses

Stephanie Fox
Community Member
3 years ago

You didn't know about this? It was common in hotels from the 1920s through the 1960s.

Genevieve Gates
Community Member
3 years ago

That's what those are for! I've seen this in apartments I've lived in but had no idea. I guess cause I'm female & don't use disposable razors.

Jacek Poplawski
Community Member
3 years ago

Long time ago I was collecting razor blades - I wish I'd found something like that back in those days ;)

Patrick Hayes
Community Member
3 years ago

Still is.

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
3 years ago

Most old house had them in the medicine cabinet back then. i've lived in several old homes that had them. Though I don't really know why.

Diane Lloyd
Community Member
3 years ago

I remember living in homes as a kid and these were a regular feature in the bathroom cabinet.

Leslie Tollefson
Community Member
3 years ago

I've had a couple apartments with these. I always wanted to see what else was back there.

Barbara Cochrane
Community Member
3 years ago

I lived in an apartment that had the same medicine cabinet design. The building was from the 1920’s.

Teleri Nyfain
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh, yeah - I remember - lasted into the 70s in fact cause I remember cabinets like this.

Nikki D
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg I have that same exact medicine chest! And yeah, there used to be razors behind it.

Betsy Steinhart
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG I removed an old medicine cabinet a few years ago and found a stack of razor blades behind it. There was a hole in the cabinet, but didn't specify 'razor blades'. I had no idea that was a thing!

lindsayaotter
Community Member
3 years ago

I never thought anyone ever used those!?!

Susan Forbes
Community Member
3 years ago

My 1948 house has the same thing, when I had it redone they found razor blades and an empty cone-top can of beer

Laura Mortensen
Community Member
3 years ago

We had one like that, but the cabinet has been replaced now. I think they found one razor blade in there.

Roxanne Horbatuck
Community Member
3 years ago

Yup!

Sue Burrison
Community Member
3 years ago

It was a common thing to find in medicine cabinets in the 60's.

Dana Marriott
Community Member
3 years ago

Whoa!

Ruth Hempsey
Community Member
3 years ago

We lived in a house with one of those slots.

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
3 years ago

Weird

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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Night Owl
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

That's smart. I bet they are still better (better quality, made of better materials, more durable) then new ones. As long there's still someone who knows how they work and how to fix them and as long you can find spare parts for them... OK that might be a problem. But as decoration and for a history lesson it works

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#33

Found This 20-Year-Old Promise Hidden Under The Wallpaper In Our New House

Found This 20-Year-Old Promise Hidden Under The Wallpaper In Our New House

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LittleGrayMouse
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3 years ago

Just as the Spice Girls are starting touring again!

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#34

Friend Tore Down His Wall For Renovations And Found This Mural On Another Wall Behind It

Friend Tore Down His Wall For Renovations And Found This Mural On Another Wall Behind It

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LittleGrayMouse
Community Member
3 years ago

That's pretty!

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#35

My House Used To Be A Bank, So We Use The Old Safe/Vault As A Basement

My House Used To Be A Bank, So We Use The Old Safe/Vault As A Basement

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Aaron Kara
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3 years ago

You so need to stash non-perishable foods and a med kit in there.

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#36

There's A Random Chain Embedded In The Wall Of My 1930s-Era Home

There's A Random Chain Embedded In The Wall Of My 1930s-Era Home

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

We need to know more about this!

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#37

A House My Girlfriend And I Looked At Had A Shower In The Guest Room

A House My Girlfriend And I Looked At Had A Shower In The Guest Room

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty Neat and convenient!

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#38

The Fan In My Toilet (Probably From The 70s) Has The Same Logo As Beats By Dre

The Fan In My Toilet (Probably From The 70s) Has The Same Logo As Beats By Dre

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Capra Vecinului
Community Member
3 years ago

This was Dr. Dre's biggest fan!

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#39

My House Still Has The Original Light Switches

My House Still Has The Original Light Switches

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ptm45
Community Member
3 years ago

the nostalgia it evokes is good but i'm thinking you need to have the electrical rewired but keep the swtiches

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