Wednesday, June 27, 2007

More newspaper snips from the inside of the walls

Weird to think that Columbus Day was thought of as an Italian holiday once.

Fiberglass insulation like we have today was not invented yet when my house was built. People used to pack newspaper in the walls or staple it to the sheathing to prevent drafts from coming in. It was rather dangerous, really, but it's what they knew and what they did.

We've found several newspapers in our walls, dated late in 1913. We are beginning to think that the house was built that year, and not 1920, as was advertized to us. Why would someone keep newspapers up to seven years so they could put them in a wall?

Here are more snippets from those newspapers. We found more mention of the Harry Thaw trials, as well as interesting pieces that seem a little anti-Italian.

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