Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In the year 1959...

I think I've mentioned about a thousand and one times now that we're flipping a house, right? Well this is one of the rooms in the basement. Beauty, eh?


You can't see it well in this picture but there is a hideous blue linoleum on the floor. As I was ripping that up I found that they had lined the floor with newspaper before putting down the linoleum! It's a Wichita Beacon from June 27, 1959. Too cool to not get pictures of, right?


So here's your history lesson for the day. In 1959, house paint could be purchased for $5.89 a gallon.


There were a lot of alcohol ads in the paper.


Walt Disney was about to release a new movie.


You could take the Santa Fe railroad for transportation.


There were more alcohol ads...


Lysol needed no poison label.


A big star was on his way up in Hollywood.


There were more alcohol ads...


The polio vaccine was found to be safe.


A star became a tv producer.


And Jimmy Hoffa was not missing.


Crazy, huh? The papers were all moldy and fragile so I threw them away but if was fun seeing them!

27 comments:

SuperMOM said...

WOW what a COOL FIND! LOve the Lysol add ROTFLMBO what do you think they would say about that now?? LOL

Beadiful Things by Ann Westby said...

Cool! I wasn't even born in 1959 and yet...those were the days. ;-)

Ribbon Rock Star said...

How neat!

Linda

~love said...

very fun! =)

Caroline said...

So cool!

Parts of my parents' home is still insulated with old newspapers... some of them dating back to well over 100 years!

High Desert Diva said...

Ha! That was fun to look through!

pickles*and*co said...

I can't wait to watch the progress. :)

tatsuko said...

Great idea to take photos of it (and then get rid of the moldy thing!) ☺

The Downtown Boutique said...

Wow! How cool to see all of those things from a newspaper under the floor!

~Stella said...

GREAT stuff! I love the fonts...nothing says "old newspaper" like that italic sans-serif font. Oh, and tons of ads for alcohol, too!

Mikiye Creations said...

Oh My Goodness!
HOW COOL!!!
I LOVE finding stuff like that!!!!

Jen Sue Wild said...

Very cool. We owned a home In Wichata Ks about 8 years ago It was built in 1909 we wod always finde the coolest things when we renavated.

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

Wow! It's like a combined episode of "If Walls Could Talk" and "House Flip".

Cathy Hengst said...

How cool is that! I can not wait to see the finished product!

Tatyana said...

whoa that's so awesome! I'd have been inclined to keep them, mold and all. Maybe just the sturdy ones. History rocks :D

igotmoxie said...

what a cool find!

poor steve mcqueen..."on the way up"...

Barbara H. said...

I would have never suspected newspapers would be under the flooring!!

The ads sure are interesting.

Simply Heart And Home said...

That is so interesting! 1959 was a good year! :)

Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks for sharing them. That was fun to see.
Susan

MammyT said...

Now THAT was FUN. Great that we can at least photograph things like that. thank you for sharing. It was a great show and tell.
Nancy

Jewelgirl said...

Old newspapers are the best!
If you want to know about the
past they are the place to look!
I would never of thought this would
be under the flooring.....?

Bunny Chic Boutique said...

Thanks for sharing the photos & information from the Newspaper!! Guess that a truly Vintage find.

Bunny Blessings ~

Jayne

Constance said...

I'm DRAWN to stuff like that! When I go to Antique stores, I can easily "camp out" in the books and magazines section and pour through the old ads and stories! What a cool S&T!
Connie

Kindra said...

How fun to see those old ads! And how much things cost back then! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy~Vintage Snaps & Scraps said...

I loved the old paper, anything old. Hope you find some more goodies.

Momo said...

I come from such a young nation that wasn't even born in 1959. It is always nice to have a peep into the past in this way. Cool.

Anonymous said...

That was fun!

I once found (in the attic of my parents' very old house) part of a newspaper from around 1920. There was a column about the sinful trend of women bobbing their hair. The author said that women used the excuse of bobbed hair being cooler in the hot weather. His response was, "there's a hotter place waiting for you." LOL!

Sally