Finally got around to moving stuff around in a part of the basement we hadn't touched since the move, and thought I'd clean up the ashes spilling out of the main chimney ashpit. I don't think anybody had touched it in decades...about two feet up, I found a Providence Journal page from May of 1966 (5 Qts of Motor Oil, 1.98; Shocks + installion 9.95/pair)... How many of you remember buying an add-on air-conditioner for your car?
Apparently, the fireplace was used as a kind of garbage dump...lots of Lark, Winston (packaging from the '70s) and Chesterfield packs in there, along with dozens and dozens of nails, most bent. The Swede who owned the place in the '30s and '40s was in construction, so the only thing I can figure is that he was burning wood from renovations...
I was also surprised at the size of the thing...roughly equivalent to our washing machine...I didn't even clean it all out..
Emma F. Brown House 1897
Model for: Barber's "Modern Dwellings" Catalog 27E
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