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Fruit crates! I love it!
The house I used to live in and we still own was first built in the 20s and had clapboard siding. They decided to add on to it during the depression. The owner was a plasterer, so that was fine, but they needed wood for under it. Found out ours was covered in fruit crates! We found both the clapboard and the crates while doing a remodel. It's fun but it does tax you! Best wishes on your redo.
Kathy M. in CO
I've decided that for now? Everything is fine where it is. My collection spans all eras so I get a little nervous at times, particularly with the vintage. However, given what the contractors are finding when ripping out the walls, like packing crates for coffins, I feel safer with the bulk of things out of the house and in the Cabana. It's not an ideal place but it's better than the house for now.
Side note about that coffin thing....
Pennsylvania's first female mortician, Nelly Sweeney (later Nelly Sweeney Hayes) set up shop in my hometown. Though she later married a fellow mortician with the last name of Hayes, she first dated the son of the coal baron who built my house and even after the relationship ended, she and her husband spent a great deal of time with the Harbison family.
The packing crates for coffins were among the heaviest wood available for shipping and a great insulator so it's likely that at some point in the past when the walls of this house needed insulating, Nelly and her husband gave the Harbison family some of their old shipping crates to use - and apparently no one ever bothered to remove them. They are currently being carefully removed and will be donated to the appropriate museums and historical societies. However, this means work has slowed down considerably so they can be preserved.
Old houses. They are a challenge.
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