I just came back from lunch, and got today's topic. "Lunch" this week has consisted of going to Foxcroft, flattening cardboard for 30 minutes, and driving back to dump at the recycling plant next to my office. The picture above was taken Dec. '03 right before we bought the place, and shows a small portion of the west side of the unfinished upstairs which contains every cardboard box to ever come throgh the front door since 1928. The area filled with cardboard is 10 feet wide, 34 feet long, and the head of the knee wall pictured is 5 feet high.
We didn't do anything upstairs until Helen passed away and now still seem to have barely made a dent in the accumulation. I need to empty the cardboard section however, since that is where the new gable will go. A sane person would drive up under the north window and pitch, so that's NOT what I am doing.
I am looking at the boxes as they go, and have found some pretty cool stuff. As an aside, in the picture above the bottom box that says "chocolates" on it contained all the correspondence between Bess and the architect (30+ letters) the original house contract, letters to the realtor (15+ and he ended up building next door) catalogs: house plans, millwork, plumbing, carpets, fireplaces, wallpaper etc. AND the notebook Bess sent to the architect complete with her idea for the floorplan and all built ins, room colors, and more.
Some of the boxes I've hung onto include:
- Swaner's Dairy butter box, Iowa City
- Hand's Jeweler's, Iowa City
- Piper's Candies, Iowa City
- Russell Stover Campfire Girls candy box
- Abraham's Chocolates, Moline, IL - the house plans box
- Softasilk Flour Minneapolis, MN box- This had a label indicating what it held when Bess moved in!
- Metal Kodak film cans
- Various greeting card boxes with cool pictures
- Marshall Field's Christmas box
What I'll do with any of this I have no idea...