It really is true that you never know what you may find when it comes to repurposing old vintage treasures. Case in point; I had a lovely young woman in the shop yesterday looking for small vintage frames to decorate her wall. One of the frames she was considering had a framed photograph of two little Victorian boys. Because she was planning to use the frame without its contents, I assisted her in removing the backing and uncovered a little surprise. Inside was an envelope holding a letter dated 1927 and 2 buffalo nickels.
The letter was written by one neighbor to another returning money borrowed and requesting an end to a friendship. Apparently there had been some sort of scrap between the children of these 2 neighbors and a difference of opinion as to who did what to whom that caused an unmendable rift between the two moms. The two boys in the photograph were seemingly the ones belonging to the addressee.
It remains a mystery as to why the letter was saved behind the photo. It had been postmarked and opened and a copy of the handwritten note had been typed up in all capitals and placed with the original note, envelope and buffalo nickels. curious.
The first thing I did was look up the value of the nickels for this young college student. I found that nickels such as the ones in her frame had values between 35 cents and $240,000 depending on dates and conditions. How 'bout that? Not a bad investment for $20, eh?
Wouldn't it be fun to find out who these boys were? They'd be in their mid to late eighties now and they could tell us the rest of the story.
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