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#1 olcowhand OFFLINE  

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 03:34 PM

While working on my siding re-do on my house, I found a penny in the wall, plus an old stove-pipe damper. The thing with the penny is it is a 1928...same year my Gramps built this house. I wonder if it was a good luck thing to place a penny inside a home back then? Gotta think they kept up with pennies back then. We've all seen what a penny could buy back in that day while watching the Waltons at Ike Godsee's store. Can't figure the damper though. Damper says "The Adams Company", Dubuoui, Iowa.

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 03:35 PM

Did you put the penny back and add a 2010 penny?

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 03:38 PM

Did you put the penny back and add a 2010 penny?


Never thought about that! I had planned to print a pic of Grandma beside the newly completed house, & frame it with penny inside with the pic.

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 03:41 PM

that would be neat too.

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 04:13 PM

Nice Find!
wonder why the damper would be in the wall? Could it have had some significance to why it was put in the wall with the penny?

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 04:15 PM

Well, if it was a "penny for our thoughts", then Grandpa got his money's worth, because we're all thinking on it now! LOL

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 04:35 PM

Were the penny and the damper in the same place? Maybe the damper fell into the cavity when the pipe that supported it collapsed?? Of course there would probably be other clues to that happening like other debris. That's a neat story though. I think you're right about the custom of putting a penny in the wall. I believe that it was supposed to ensure prosperity for those who live there. Thanks for sharing the story Dan!

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 06:56 PM

The wall cavity was below a window casement and both were in the same cavity. Odd part is this house was being built, so likely no stove installed. Dad was just 3 when Papaw built it, so he can't remember anything but the day they moved in. Dad said that maybe they had started building in cold weather & had an old stove set up temporarily & by the time they were finishing inside, they got rid of the stove. Gotta wonder what else is in these walls! I know there are some possum skeletons in the crawl space, and I mean crawl....can't roll over in much of it. No electricity in the rural areas then, nor running water, so the house wasn't built friendly for adding it later.
Grandpa lived here, then my Dad, now myself. That's why I wanna put it in a picture frame, kinda the home's history.

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 08:07 PM

It's great to have a legacy like that! You're a lucky man Dan!

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Posted October 19, 2010 - 04:51 AM

Those sure are neat finds.

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Posted October 19, 2010 - 08:12 AM

Interesting treasure, that was a year before the the big crash.

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Posted October 19, 2010 - 11:42 AM

I like the idea about the picture and penny in the frame. Make sure the penny stays in the house.




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