Time flies, they say. Oh boy, it does. But it only becomes obvious when you come across something from the past. Quite often, it’s a high school pic of your 14-year-old goth self rocking that camera. That’s a friendly reminder of your cringy legacy full of hopes and dreams before reality hit.

Other times, we come by stuff that’s as old as history itself. And some specimens are weirder than others. Cocaine tablets and a syringe from a 100-year-old nursing kit? Found it. Uranium glassware that glows? Yep. An antique door that helps you find the keyhole in case you’re drunk? Got it. Please enjoy Bored Panda’s compilation of the most amusing objects brought to you from the past by a bunch of people-turned-time-travelers.

#1

I Found This Taped Up In The Toy Aisle Of Goodwill. Couldn't Tell What It Did But Thought I Could Detail It. Took A $3 Gamble And Then This Happened

I Found This Taped Up In The Toy Aisle Of Goodwill. Couldn't Tell What It Did But Thought I Could Detail It. Took A $3 Gamble And Then This Happened

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Stephanie Johnson
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1 year ago

Badass!

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#2

My Grandfather Had A Miniature Set Of All Of Shakespeare's Plays. It's 111 Years Old

My Grandfather Had A Miniature Set Of All Of Shakespeare's Plays. It's 111 Years Old

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Emerald Joanna
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1 year ago

That is sooooo beautiful 😍

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#3

A Nice Couple Found My Great Grandpa's Purple Heart In A Forclosed Home In A Box Labled "Trash" And Returned It To My Family

A Nice Couple Found My Great Grandpa's Purple Heart In A Forclosed Home In A Box Labled "Trash" And Returned It To My Family

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AlexG
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1 year ago

Respect to both the people who returned it and to the service that earned it. RIP Grandpa.

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Some of us get lucky and find some quirky old pieces of history in the attic or after we move houses. That sounds like a good opportunity to make some quick cash, but there’re some things you should know before selling your item to the antique dealer.

Do some research beforehand—go on the internet to find some information, and evaluate the item’s condition. Keep in mind that in most cases, you’re likely gonna get 20 to 50 percent off the real retail price.

Sometimes, antique dealers will ask you to state a price you’d like to get. So get ready for a little bit of negotiation. Make sure the dealer is genuinely interested in what you have, and you are truly ready to part with it. If it’s a precious heirloom from your family, you'd better think twice before selling it.

#4

My Barbershop Still Uses Their Original Cash Register From 1904

My Barbershop Still Uses Their Original Cash Register From 1904

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

That is gorgeous.

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#5

My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

The archeologists from the museum told him that it is probably from a grave dating back to 3-4000 years ago. It has been found in Castell' Arquato, PC, Italy. He proceeded to give it to the Museum Of Parma.

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Demi Zwaan
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1 year ago

That is a very big penis :D

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#6

The Filament Of This Antique Light Bulb Is Shaped Like Flowers

The Filament Of This Antique Light Bulb Is Shaped Like Flowers

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

this is gorgeous! i want one <3

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You've probably noticed that people use a variety of different terms like vintage, retro, or antique to refer to whatever "old" stuff they have. But these are not synonymous and, in fact, refer to very different things. A true antique, for example, is an object that’s 100 years of age or even older. Every antique item belongs to a different period⁠⁠—for example, Art Nouveau or Art Deco⁠⁠—and these may have a couple of decades separating them.

The term "vintage" usually covers older items in general. If you go “vintage shopping,” you're shopping for items that have distinctive vintage styles and usually date to anything from the '40s to '70s. Meanwhile, the term "collectible" is used for newer items that date to the '80s, '90s, and even '00s. The word “retro” refers to vintage-inspired styles and vibes and may be used for art, fashion, graphic and interior designs, and objects.

#7

My Late Grandma Still Had Her TV Operating Guide From 1962

My Late Grandma Still Had Her TV Operating Guide From 1962

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

That's a gorgeous piece of equipment.

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#8

After A Construction Company Caused A Local Reservoir Level To Sink 10 Feet, A 600-Year-Old Buddha Carving Was Found

After A Construction Company Caused A Local Reservoir Level To Sink 10 Feet, A 600-Year-Old Buddha Carving Was Found

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chi-wei shen
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1 year ago

The statue is located in China's Jiangxi Province. It's most likely from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

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#9

Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

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Analyn Lahr
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1 year ago

Shouldn't insult pigs like that.

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#10

These Intricate Old Keyholes

These Intricate Old Keyholes

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

I wish people would tell us where these things are so we can look them up!

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#11

My Great Great Aunt's 100-Year-Old Nursing Kit Has A Vile Full Of Cocaine Tablets And A Syringe

My Great Great Aunt's 100-Year-Old Nursing Kit Has A Vile Full Of Cocaine Tablets And A Syringe

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Stephanie Johnson
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1 year ago

Slightly reminds me of the show "Outlander" 💜

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#12

My Friend Was Splitting Logs And Found An Arrowhead

My Friend Was Splitting Logs And Found An Arrowhead

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Well, that's one buffalo that didn't die that day.

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#13

Lovely Antique Aquarium

Lovely Antique Aquarium

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

That is gorgeous.

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#14

Found An Old Monopoly Set In The Walls Of My 1925 House

Found An Old Monopoly Set In The Walls Of My 1925 House

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

That's going to be worth some money. Looks to be in excellent condition.

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#15

36 Vettes From An 80s Promtional. One From Each Production Year From 1953 To 1989 Found Sitting In A Nearly Abandoned New York City Storage Lot For About 25 Years

36 Vettes From An 80s Promtional. One From Each Production Year From 1953 To 1989 Found Sitting In A Nearly Abandoned New York City Storage Lot For About 25 Years

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Geez, would love to know the story behind why it was abandoned in the first place, the cars worth etc.

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#16

Have You Ever Wondered How Music Was Typed Before Computers? This Rare Vintage Typewriter From The 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music

Have You Ever Wondered How Music Was Typed Before Computers? This Rare Vintage Typewriter From The 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 year ago

Yet when I was taking piano lessons in the 90's they made me draw it by hand.... nobody mentioned these existed

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#17

This Antique American Pledge Of Allegiance Does Not Reference God

This Antique American Pledge Of Allegiance Does Not Reference God

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago

The good one. The USA was made as a secular state, but somehow that went south in 1954. Such a shame.

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#18

Roman Coin I Found In France While Metal Detecting. Emperor Constantine I. Minted In Trier (Treveri), Germany. Bronze. 306-337 A.D.

Roman Coin I Found In France While Metal Detecting. Emperor Constantine I. Minted In Trier (Treveri), Germany. Bronze. 306-337 A.D.

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AlexG
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1 year ago

Sweet!

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#19

I Found These 60-Year-Old Condoms In My Basement

I Found These 60-Year-Old Condoms In My Basement

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

100% not going to prevent a pregnancy!

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#20

This Old Sundial Has Muli-Oriented Panels That Show Time Of Countries All Around The World

This Old Sundial Has Muli-Oriented Panels That Show Time Of Countries All Around The World

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Sinkvenice
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1 year ago

Now *that's* cool.

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#21

This Page From An Illustrated Captain's Log From 1777

This Page From An Illustrated Captain's Log From 1777

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

Nice hand writing!

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#22

Grandpa Still Uses A Decades Old Computer That Still Runs DOS, Typing And Printing And Storing Things On Floppies

Grandpa Still Uses A Decades Old Computer That Still Runs DOS, Typing And Printing And Storing Things On Floppies

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

My mum still uses her pc from 1992. No need to throw things out if they still work.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, when they found him, he didn't know that world war 2 was over. :D

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

My dad still has his first CB radio from when he was a kid. It takes both if us to lift it when he wants to move it.

VeryDarkMatter
Community Member
1 year ago

it looks exactly like my very first computer. Good old times. Still know most of the dos commands I used lol

David Lynn Morehead
Community Member
1 year ago

Good for you.Windows will make you lazy and fat.I see it when I look in the mirror ! :)

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of my "TRS-80" computer from the mid-eighties. You carried it like a suitcase and when you opened it, you propped the 'computer' part on top of the keyboard part. The text was all green on black, and the screen let you see only part of the width of your document, so you had to either be a good touch typist, or toggle back and forth to see what you were doing. It was state of the art at the time!

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

it has a TURBO button!!!!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Very interesting !!!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
1 year ago

I hated "compiling", lol.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I found a box of floppies while cleaning out my closet recently. My first computer was not much more advanced than that one. I think I even had that same mouse and keyboard.

Joonas Meriläinen
Community Member
1 year ago

16MHz!

Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
1 year ago

ahh i can hear the sound of the keys

Marc
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That must be a 286 (SX) with 16 MHz and it looks like the 1 MB RAM version with a 30 MB (RLL-)HDD. Those things did cost a fortune around that time. With a screen they were around 1400 to 1500 Dollar initially, if I remember correctly.

Carrie Perrine
Community Member
1 year ago

Actually it cost $8499.00 and didn't include mouse and monitor. Someone posted an advertisement from 1989 three comments above you.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, there's probably a whole 16mB of data on that thing. Amazing.

Leisa Farrow
Community Member
1 year ago

If it works, don't fix it.

Miriam Hirsch
Community Member
1 year ago

Why not? If it ain't broke, don't fix it <3

Terri Rimmer
Community Member
1 year ago

I wrote some stories as a journalist on old computers like that in the 80s.

John Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a lot like my first computer, a Packard Bell Legend IV. 3 1/2 and 5 1/4 floppies (5 1/4 was A:), a 40 megabyte hard drive - yes, I did say megabyte - a whopping one meg of RAM (of which only 640K was usable without special "memory management" software) and stunning 16 color graphics, running MSDOS 4.0. ;-)

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 year ago

AND no hackers I like them

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 year ago

And your point is?

Fran Stateler
Community Member
1 year ago

"As long as it still works" used to be common .

Catherine Spencer-Mills
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey! I used one of those at work. They were effing expensive, couldn't afford to buy my own.

Patty Atwan
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish I had kept mine.

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 year ago

Did I read that advertisement right? 8,500 Dollars?

Dean Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

If it ain't broke don't fit it! She's gitting the job done!!

Dean Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!! She knows how to get the job done!!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s what he knows. Bless!

melbfk
Community Member
1 year ago

Why not? Good quality only goes obsolete if one feels the need to upgrade. But where does he get his floppies?

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
1 year ago

There are US government websites that in 2020 still require that forms be submitted with a fax machine and suggest using Netscape.

Sharon Attwood
Community Member
1 year ago

Key strokes! I remember those days!

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 year ago

blast from the past.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 year ago

Prices enshrined in ads like these let me know that I didn't imagine VHS tapes originally for sale for £60. And my partner back in the early 80s bought a 486 computer for about £2000. Crazy

Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
1 year ago

You know why? Because he can! Try getting on that thing and see how far you can go hehehe

Mary McKenzie
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like my first computer!

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Probably a 486/16, the turbo button increased the clock speed to 20 Mhz, just before the pentium

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh geez!!! That brings back some memories...

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 year ago

Good for him! He wants to stay with what he knows instead of having the stress of learning a new system every three years.

Lexibeast
Community Member
1 year ago

Bet the screen won't shatter into a thousand pieces when dropped though

Daniel Mason
Community Member
1 year ago

If it ain’t broke.....

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Isn’t he the cutest?

Dee Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

Never change a running system ;)

Sam Kunz
Community Member
1 year ago

If it works.....why throw it out?

JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

This will be us in a decade using our old tablets

Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 year ago

16 MHz! Great! I still keep my first COMPAQ, with a 0,6 G HDD...

YsaPur
Community Member
1 year ago

No viruses, I bet.

NeverGoWoke
Community Member
1 year ago

I would do that with Windows 95 but I don't have the space 😔

Bellatrix Lestrange
Community Member
1 year ago

I WANT ONE!!!!

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this. I'd love to have WP5.1 and my DOS Shell machine.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Eduardo O'Meagher
Community Member
1 year ago

where the hell does he finds replacement floppies?

Eduardo O'Meagher
Community Member
1 year ago

and where the hell does he finds replacement floppies?

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#23

I Found This Cleaning Out Grandma's House

I Found This Cleaning Out Grandma's House

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Demi Zwaan
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1 year ago

Well, that's a 1600 dollar find. Not bad.

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#24

This Antique Door From 1380 In Regensburg, Germany, Helps Finding The Keyhole After You Drank Too Much Wine

This Antique Door From 1380 In Regensburg, Germany, Helps Finding The Keyhole After You Drank Too Much Wine

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AlexG
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1 year ago

🤣🤣🤣

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#25

This Railway Ticket We Found In Our Barn. The Stamp On The Back Says Aug 18, 1890

This Railway Ticket We Found In Our Barn. The Stamp On The Back Says Aug 18, 1890

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AlexG
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1 year ago

Nice find!

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#26

My Grandma Has Original Moon Landing Printing Plates From The Time Magazine Cover

My Grandma Has Original Moon Landing Printing Plates From The Time Magazine Cover

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Narunaru
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1 year ago

Here: 1101690718_400.jpg 1101690718_400.jpg

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#27

2000-Year-Old Green Serpentine Stone Mask Found At The Base Of The Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacán, Mexico

2000-Year-Old Green Serpentine Stone Mask Found At The Base Of The Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacán, Mexico

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Meeple13
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1 year ago (edited)

'...somebody stop me...' Best movie ever!

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#28

I Found This Old Lightbulb In My Grandparents’ House Finished In 1902 And It Still Works

I Found This Old Lightbulb In My Grandparents’ House Finished In 1902 And It Still Works

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Stephanie Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Antiques built to last! While we blow bulbs daily 🙄

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#29

An Old Cup That Keeps Your Moustache Dry

An Old Cup That Keeps Your Moustache Dry

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JuJu
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1 year ago

Could be back in fashion for the hipsters ;)

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#30

I Found An Old Lunar Globe Where The Far Side Of The Moon Is Still Uncharted

I Found An Old Lunar Globe Where The Far Side Of The Moon Is Still Uncharted

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful. My dad once found an old globe in a house he was renovating. It was in a right old state. The owner said he could have it as it was only going to be binned. Turns out it was antique and really rare. My dad sold it for £10,000 and they split the money between them.

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#31

New Orleans Still Has Horse Hitches In Various Parts Of The City

New Orleans Still Has Horse Hitches In Various Parts Of The City

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

Also, perfect for bicycles!

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#32

Found This Old Calculator In My Great Grandmother's Attic

Found This Old Calculator In My Great Grandmother's Attic

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Kathy Smith
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1 year ago

Used to have one of those at home when I was a kid. I loved to play with it.

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#33

Old European Houses Have A Shoe Scraper By The Door So That You Could Clean The Mud Off Your Soles Before Entering

Old European Houses Have A Shoe Scraper By The Door So That You Could Clean The Mud Off Your Soles Before Entering

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Maiun
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1 year ago

We have lots of them in the UK.

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#34

Mom Found My Old McDonald’s Food Toys That Turned Into Robots

Mom Found My Old McDonald’s Food Toys That Turned Into Robots

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Is that Dolly Parton on the right?

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#35

Vintage Freddie Mercury Queen Plate, 1980s

Vintage Freddie Mercury Queen Plate, 1980s

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Ninja Kitty
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1 year ago

Makes him look the the king he is!

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#36

Found This Coin In My Grandma's Collection Of Old Stuff. Turns Out, It's From The Year 1797

Found This Coin In My Grandma's Collection Of Old Stuff. Turns Out, It's From The Year 1797

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Draco Malfoy
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1 year ago

And in good condition!

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#37

Found Three 1969 Newspapers About The Moon Landing In An Old Chest In The Attic

Found Three 1969 Newspapers About The Moon Landing In An Old Chest In The Attic

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

My ex-husband was born July 10, 1969. I found a similar newspaper some years ago and gave it to him as a gift. He's gone, but I still have the paper.

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#38

Jackpot Find At An Antique Market In Greenwich Village NYC. Poison Ring

Jackpot Find At An Antique Market In Greenwich Village NYC. Poison Ring

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Emerald Joanna
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1 year ago

And not many people know this, but you can put your weed in there

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#39

Vintage Forbidden Candy Identification Chart

Vintage Forbidden Candy Identification Chart

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John Montgomery
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1 year ago

I have to admit I'm surprised there are square tablets.

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#40

Old School Nintendo Cards From My Grandma

Old School Nintendo Cards From My Grandma

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I never understood this game, I tried but I still don’t get it so I just wing it and hope for the best lol.

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