Life’s full of hidden treasure! Oh, sure, that phrase works metaphorically, too, but we’re being quite literal here. If you’re curious about the world and live for the unexpected, then Bored Panda’s got a treat for you. We’ve collected some of the best photos of interesting finds that people were astonished to discover. So go on, check them out! And though far from everything glitters like gold, you’re likely to admit that most of these finds are valuable in their own right.

Remember to upvote the photos that you loved the most, dear Pandas! Got any interesting finds to share with us? Drop us a comment or a photo in the comment section at the very bottom of this list. And if you’re in the mood for some more unexpectedly awesome finds, check out our most recent earlier posts here, here, as well as here.

While we can find many unexpected things by accident, it’s also important to stay curious as we continue growing older. And that goes for all things in life, not just amateur archeology. After all, keeping that energetic spark alive makes our lives have far more quality. One thing that we value is people keeping their childlike curiosity burning bright no matter how old they might get.

#1

My Husband Passed Away 2 Weeks Ago And In The Garage Behind A Piece Of Paper Hanging On The Wall I Found This

My Husband Passed Away 2 Weeks Ago And In The Garage Behind A Piece Of Paper Hanging On The Wall I Found This

In the months before his passing he was unable to talk due to his brain cancer, so finding this note from him meant the world to me and is something I will cherish forever. We were married for 24 years.

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Eva the Egg
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5 months ago

No, im not going to cry 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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I Found A Baby Albino Oak In My Garden Some Years Ago And Realized That Plants Can Be Albinos Too, But They Do Not Live Long Since They Cannot Photosynthesize

I Found A Baby Albino Oak In My Garden Some Years Ago And Realized That Plants Can Be Albinos Too, But They Do Not Live Long Since They Cannot Photosynthesize

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Gorgeous.

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#3

While Tearing Up Their Carpet, My In-Laws Found A Giant Monopoly Board

While Tearing Up Their Carpet, My In-Laws Found A Giant Monopoly Board

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
5 months ago

Time to make some giant sized Monopoly pieces, cards and giant dice, and have a game night! And this time, nobody can flip the board!

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When we stare at everything with wonder and can’t wait (!) to find or learn something new, even the biggest problems lose their sting. Instead, they’re but challenges. Challenges that you’re already thinking about how to overcome. But our modern schooling system might not be the best way to keep this sense of curiosity because it tends to take independence away from kids instead of driving them to be self-sufficient learners and daring explorers.

In a previous interview with Bored Panda, the president of the nonprofit organization Let Grow, Lenore Skenazy, shared with us that modern schooling goes against the grain when it comes to how learning and teaching happened through much of human history.

#4

It's A Little Unnerving When You Wake Up In The Morning And Find These Right Outside Your Tent

It's A Little Unnerving When You Wake Up In The Morning And Find These Right Outside Your Tent

Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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5 months ago

I'd be beary freaked

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#5

Splitting Firewood And Found A Piece Resembling The Sky In "The Starry Night"

Splitting Firewood And Found A Piece Resembling The Sky In "The Starry Night"

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

You kept and displayed it, I hope?

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#6

387-Year-Old Shopping List Found Under The Floorboards Of A London Home

387-Year-Old Shopping List Found Under The Floorboards Of A London Home

 The full text reads:
"Mr Bilby, I pray p[ro]vide to be sent too morrow in ye Cart some Greenfish, The Lights from my Lady Cranfeild[es] Cham[ber] 2 dozen of Pewter spoon[es]: one greate fireshovell for ye nursery; and ye o[t]hers which were sent to be exchanged for some of a better fashion, a new frying pan together with a note of ye prises of such Commoditie for ye rest.
Your loving friend
Robert Draper
Octobre 1633
Copthall"

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Pink Floydian Panda
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow! That is remarkable piece of history. It really made me think about our shared humanity and the progression of humans throughout the ages. Thank you for sharing.

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“In the United States, for instance, school only became compulsory a little over 100 years ago. Previously—for hundreds of thousands of years of human history—kids learned simply by watching, copying, helping, and playing. In other words, they’d hang around the adults, see how they made things like baskets and arrowheads, they’d ask questions, noodle around, and try to copy what their elders were doing,” Lenore explained.

According to Lenore, kids would pitch in and help their families and communities as soon as they were able to. “They’d help out as soon as they could—fetching things, tracking animals, whatever—and in between they’d be playing with a group of mixed-age kids. All these activities were fueled by curiosity.”

#7

This Silver Pendant I Found Metal Detecting Is Dated 227 Years Ago Today

This Silver Pendant I Found Metal Detecting Is Dated 227 Years Ago Today

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leia's emotional cupcake
Community Member
5 months ago

OMG! Did you find it on that day? Creeeeppy.

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#8

Found A Stargate In The Middle Of Nowhere Near Linz, Austria

Found A Stargate In The Middle Of Nowhere Near Linz, Austria

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

Fire it up and see what awaits.

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#9

This Swirly Dandelion I Found

This Swirly Dandelion I Found

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Karin Gibson
Community Member
5 months ago

That grew in the dark. The stem is pale and the circular growth is the plant trying to find light

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“You were motivated to learn what the bigger kids in your group knew, too, because they were so cool. Your entire day consisted of observing and practicing the stuff you needed to know— skills and games. If you weren’t curious, you weren’t going to enjoy life, or succeed at it,” Lenore said that curiosity really was (and, in truth, still is) more important than we give it credit for.

“One reason kids might seem less curious today is because most of their education, inside and outside of school, doesn’t require self-motivation, it requires compliance. The drive is extrinsic, not intrinsic. Kids fill out worksheets because they have to, not because these seem interesting, or have any immediate connection to the ‘real’ world,” the expert noted that obedience alone won’t raise people who are full of the joys of discovery.

#10

Found A Starfish In One Of My Mussels

Found A Starfish In One Of My Mussels

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Juliet Hadaway
Community Member
5 months ago

patrick holiday went wrong..

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#11

While Hiking An Isolated Jungle Trail In The Amazon, We Came Across This Post Marking The Equator

While Hiking An Isolated Jungle Trail In The Amazon, We Came Across This Post Marking The Equator

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James016
Community Member
5 months ago

Temple of The Power Stone

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#12

Osperlioceras Bicarinatum Golden Pyrite. Found In France

Osperlioceras Bicarinatum Golden Pyrite. Found In France

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Chancey
Community Member
5 months ago

Amazing!

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Meanwhile, extracurricular activities also appear to have fallen prey to the demands for compliance instead of encouraging kids to be curious. “Learning soccer means doing the drills the coach assigns, as opposed to tagging along with the older kids and working hard to get good enough so that they’d start letting you play. The key to curiosity, then, is giving kids enough free, unstructured time for them to find something they love to do for its own sake—not for a grade, or coach.”

In other words, we need to uncover in ourselves an inner drive to go out into the world and learn and find new and fascinating things. Some of which we’ll be more than happy to share with all the Pandas on the internet.

#13

I Found A Misprinted Penny (Front And Back)

I Found A Misprinted Penny (Front And Back)

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Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

You had one job

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#14

Perfectly Round Rock I Found At The Beach

Perfectly Round Rock I Found At The Beach

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

It looks like a mini moon!!

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#15

Picasso Pebble

Picasso Pebble

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Hopefully you kept that! Its amazing

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#16

I Found A Cyclops Moth And It Was Huge. Bigger Than Half My Hand

I Found A Cyclops Moth And It Was Huge. Bigger Than Half My Hand

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Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful but nope

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#17

We Were Digging Up Virgin Ground For A Garden And As I Was Tilling, We Found A Class Ring From 1954-1955

We Were Digging Up Virgin Ground For A Garden And As I Was Tilling, We Found A Class Ring From 1954-1955

It only had initials and the school was closed, took me 3 months to find the owner's daughter and was happy to reunite it with her family.

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
Community Member
5 months ago

That is very touching. How kind of you to go to all the effort to find who it originally belong to, and how much it meant to her daughter. You're a wonderfully nice person. Kindness. Pay it forward.

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#18

This Tree I Found Grows Into Itself

This Tree I Found Grows Into Itself

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
5 months ago

Teacup!

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#19

10-Carat Australian Sapphire I Found In A Creek

10-Carat Australian Sapphire I Found In A Creek

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
5 months ago

Did you know how to find gems or are you just so lucky?

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#20

I Found This Gravestone For Someone's Beloved Dog In A Wooded Area Just Outside An Old Cemetary

I Found This Gravestone For Someone's Beloved Dog In A Wooded Area Just Outside An Old Cemetary

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
5 months ago

How do they know it's a dog? Could be a cat, fish, kid, velociraptor, etc.

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#21

Frozen Flower I Found In Austin During The Texas Winter Storm

Frozen Flower I Found In Austin During The Texas Winter Storm

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Everything looks straight out of a fairytale

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#22

Look At This Crazy Icicle I Found This Morning (There Is A Small Hole In The Metal Handrail)

Look At This Crazy Icicle I Found This Morning (There Is A Small Hole In The Metal Handrail)

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Violet brown
Community Member
5 months ago

twirly!

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#23

Found A Steam Room And Hot Tub In My Basement, Behind A Wall During Demo

Found A Steam Room And Hot Tub In My Basement, Behind A Wall During Demo

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Its a whole other room! Lucky

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#24

This Morning I Found A Young Frog That Still Had Its Tail

This Morning I Found A Young Frog That Still Had Its Tail

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
5 months ago

Sweet little thing, amazing how nature makes things so independent so young and so vulnerable.

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#25

We Tore Up Some Carpeting In Our House Expecting Concrete But Instead Found This 70’s Masterpiece

We Tore Up Some Carpeting In Our House Expecting Concrete But Instead Found This 70’s Masterpiece

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Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
5 months ago

Eesh! I'd put the carpet straight back over that

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#26

Found A Perfect Salt Crystal In My Sea Salt Packet

Found A Perfect Salt Crystal In My Sea Salt Packet

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
5 months ago

Love this

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#27

My Uncle Found A Bag Of Volcano Ash From Mount St. Helens With A Note Tucked In The Back Of One Of His Cupboards

My Uncle Found A Bag Of Volcano Ash From Mount St. Helens With A Note Tucked In The Back Of One Of His Cupboards

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow... Thats priceless

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#28

Found Original Homeowner In The Walls Of A Teardown

Found Original Homeowner In The Walls Of A Teardown

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Welp, that explains the footsteps behind the walls...

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#29

Found This Very Old Holy Bible In My Parents' Garage. Dated 1881. Thought Maybe You Guys Might Find It Interesting As Well

Found This Very Old Holy Bible In My Parents' Garage. Dated 1881. Thought Maybe You Guys Might Find It Interesting As Well

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
5 months ago

Never seen one so elaborate - WOW!

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#30

35 Rings Found On The Beach

35 Rings Found On The Beach

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Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Are you a metal detector or something??

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#31

Digging Through Old Boxes At 4am And Found A 200+ Page Novel That I Hand Wrote In 2009 When I Was 12 Years Old

Digging Through Old Boxes At 4am And Found A 200+ Page Novel That I Hand Wrote In 2009 When I Was 12 Years Old

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Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
5 months ago

Black Mist Chronicles sounds very interesting. revise and publish now!

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#32

Ordered Fried Oysters From A Takeout Restaurant And Found A Pearl In One

Ordered Fried Oysters From A Takeout Restaurant And Found A Pearl In One

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
Community Member
5 months ago

That's pretty special.

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#33

Found This Fish Was Frozen In Piece Of Ice, Texas 2021

Found This Fish Was Frozen In Piece Of Ice, Texas 2021

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Poor fish...

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#34

Found This Arrowhead While Digging A Hole In My Backyard

Found This Arrowhead While Digging A Hole In My Backyard

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Welp, your cat's planning something, and he wants it back!!!

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#35

A Wall Was Removed In A Victorian House We Are Working At Which Revealed An Old Cast Iron Fireplace

A Wall Was Removed In A Victorian House We Are Working At Which Revealed An Old Cast Iron Fireplace

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Lorraine Geater
Community Member
5 months ago

Keep keep keep it!

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#36

Our Dog Found A Pacifier

Our Dog Found A Pacifier

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Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww your baby is cute

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#37

My Mom And Uncle Found An USAF Target Drone On The Beach

My Mom And Uncle Found An USAF Target Drone On The Beach

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Peter Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

They missed, then...?

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#38

I Found A Miniature Telephone Box On The Street

I Found A Miniature Telephone Box On The Street

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Seán Baron
Community Member
5 months ago

Dangermouse!!

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#39

I Found This Print From Where A Gray Wolf Slept In The Snow. You Can Even See Her Ribs

I Found This Print From Where A Gray Wolf Slept In The Snow. You Can Even See Her Ribs

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

It's doing that optical illusion thing to me, where it looks like it's popping out instead of indented

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#40

This Fossilized Imprint Of A Fern I Found In North Dakota

This Fossilized Imprint Of A Fern I Found In North Dakota

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Abigail Nagel
Community Member
5 months ago

Awesome!

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#41

Found An Edge Piece In My Bag Of Goldfish

Found An Edge Piece In My Bag Of Goldfish

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Eric Law
Community Member
5 months ago

That's part of the tank.

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#42

My Dad Found This Old Pamphlet Advertising Tourism To The World Trade Centre

My Dad Found This Old Pamphlet Advertising Tourism To The World Trade Centre

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Sian Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

This would also work in a list of things that didn't age well.

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#43

I Found A Book Autographed By Bill Nye At The Thrift Store

I Found A Book Autographed By Bill Nye At The Thrift Store

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KombatBunni
Community Member
5 months ago

I found a copy of Salem’s Lot signed by Stephen King at a charity store. Bought it and took it home of course. It’s signed to a girl named Karen…

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#44

Found A Nice Honeycomb Amber Brooch Today. Amber Is Quite Hard To Find, Such An Interesting Material

Found A Nice Honeycomb Amber Brooch Today. Amber Is Quite Hard To Find, Such An Interesting Material

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lara
Community Member
5 months ago

No, amber is not hard to find. In the Baltics you can find it laying on the beach.

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#45

Look How Large This Tree Frog I Found Is

Look How Large This Tree Frog I Found Is

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Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Is this Australia?

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#46

This Brooch I Found While Metal Detecting

This Brooch I Found While Metal Detecting

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Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
5 months ago

Art nouveau!

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#47

A Humpback Whale Jaw I Found This Weekend In New England

A Humpback Whale Jaw I Found This Weekend In New England

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Eric Law
Community Member
5 months ago

Nom nom nom...

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#48

This Piece Of Wall That Got Rounded By The Sea

This Piece Of Wall That Got Rounded By The Sea

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Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Seems like food or am I hungry?

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#49

Bought A Vintage Stove And Found A Newspaper From 1954 In It

Bought A Vintage Stove And Found A Newspaper From 1954 In It

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*me*
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I have a section of newspaper from sometime during WW2 edit: it’s the Fort Devens Digest, a military newspaper from 1942.

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#50

This Old Color Pencil Box After Termites Ate All The Wood

This Old Color Pencil Box After Termites Ate All The Wood

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
5 months ago

Gross and cool.

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