Fun in the Ceiling

The kitchen light has had some serious problems. It had eaten light bulbs like they were potato chips, both incandescent and compact fluorescent, and frankly not so many compact fluorescent because we're not made of money, you stupid light.

At first we thought it was the fixture, so we changed that. But no, it was in the wiring. So last weekend Noel climbed up into the kitchen ceiling to re-wire the fixture, which was wired in a way that can only be described as deeply, profoundly terrifying. And of course, because it was our ceiling, there was all kinds of fun stuff to be found there from various previous occupants. Here's a tour of some of the more interesting things.

A doll head, old man edition. Made of some kind of lightweight clay.

Old man doll

Yet another patent medicine bottle, this one broken. I've been trying to figure out if the sheer numbers of medicine bottles in the yard and house says anything about the medical condition of the residents of this house, or if I'm just not seeing how many bottles I've used in my life because I can throw them away.

Medicine bottle top

A packet of rolling papers, with several papers still in it. I like the French guy on the cover.

Cigarette papers

I like the advertising copy on these old packages. And the use of center justification, which just looks naive today.

Advertising copy

I remember having Christmas labels like this when I was a kid. I like that this one has Noel's name on it.

Christmas label

A crumpled up letter that I will not transcribe. It's funny how you can find a little scrap of somebody else's tragedy hiding away in the oddest places.

Crumpled letter

A grocery list, complete with a total misunderstanding of the use of the apostrophe.

Grocery list

Instructions for a card game about the stock market.

Game instructions

A little handout against Prohibition. (Or in favour of the state's water works.)

Political handout

A tire advertisement that references the Scopes trial, of all things.

Tire advertising

An ancient condom packet -- I really like the metal container.

Packet of condoms

And it's unused, although after all this time a bit on the dry side.

And the condom left inside

There has been a weird collection of both Christmas and wedding/baby shower wrapping and decorating supplies in the kitchen ceiling, probably because it's under the attic where such supplies would naturally be stored (certainly, that's where I store mine).

Baby ribbons

More baby shower stuff: a spiral-bound book of really terrible baby shower games.

Baby shower games book

With a bunch of notes inside it clearly between two attendants at the party.

Note in the shower book

I'll die laughing. Oh, wait till she hears the news. Isn't that something. His first years he going to wear dressing. Weher does she find things like this. I has too. It's a gown. Oh for heavens sake. Yes they are very mean.

Amazingly enough, there's even more of this stuff, but for the most part it's ancient newspapers that are not up to being photographed (or unfolded, actually).

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posted by ayse on 07/30/08


This makes me want to hide things in my ceiling for future generations. Maybe my Farrah Fawcett hair styling model thingy I have?
That condom tin? Bee-yoo-tee-full. I hope you display that somehow.

Wow! What a great collection. Love the condom, too.

I wish you *would* transcribe the letter. My curiosity's been piqued.

Those are awesome finds. Sometimes I lament the lack of history over here on the West coast... but you can still find amazing stuff inside your house. A friend of mine found several hundred dollars once, all stuffed in paper sacks, stuffed in the walls. Someone, at some point, did NOT trust a bank.

That Pit game... superfun! I played it last year at a party.

GREAT STUFF! You could probably get a fortune for the tin - I understand they're sought after as "collectables (ibles)" :-)

I'm curious about the letter, but understand if it's better left unsaid! meo

Hello again,
I forgot to tell you. Although Im sure you know it. In the , what use to be a bathroom upstairs is that attic. Mom says there is another attic on the ceiling

Oh, yes, we've been up in that attic. Much dirtier and harder to get into, but we have gone up there to fix the wiring or check for roof leaks on a regular basis.

It was great to meet you this weekend!

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