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Thread: You would not believe what I found in my treadles secret drawers!!

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    Today I picked up my new treadle and was looking though all the drawers when I found it has 2 secret drawers!! I opened the first one and didn't see anything then I opened the second one and Oh my goodness!! It had 6 negatives from 1900's and an old Social security card from a gentleman and from the same man his withdrawl card from 1918 from an electrical union!! The photos are from a logging camp one of them shows 3 men with the very long saws and a downed tree the others are from the camp itself!!! I am so excited to see these there were also 2 obituarys from what we think were friends of the owners one lady was married in 1884 and moved to Tacoma Wa this machine was definatly from my state what an amazing story to tell. I also found 4 old needles not used for my machine!!!! I will send pictures once we get the negatives developed!

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    How fun it that!! Wonderful machine and great history!

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    What a great suprise! It's fun to know some history of the past owner. I found some obits in the cabnet of mine too.

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    Oh my gosh! I always wonder what my antiques would tell me if they could talk. It sounds like yours is telling you a story. I'll have to check my treadle for secret drawers. What a treasure.

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    dang! I was hoping it was a treasure map.


    kidding, cool stuff. a piece of someones history.

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    That is so cool. Thanks for sharing the story. Can't wait for the pix.

    In university, I bought a desk from an engineer's estate. It was full of clippings and documents from his career and a 1960's letter from his mother telling him to give up being a musician. lol

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    That's a fantastic piece of history! :thumbup: How wonderful!
    Looking forward to seeing the photos.

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    That is awesome...thanks for sharing.

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    What a cool fnd and really personifies it so much. Looking forward to seeing pics when you get them.

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    Some of his ancestors would probably like to have the papers and such.

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    Wow that is really neat. I wonder how many treadles are out there with hidden drawers that no one knows about.
    Cant wait to see pictures of your treasures.

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    where is the hidden drawer?

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    WOW!!! That's wonderful! I love history so I especially loved your story! I was just wondering, however, why those particular items were placed in the "secret" drawers? I can perhaps understand wanting to tuck away the SSA card, but I just find it interesting that the other items would be put there. Oh, well, I guess that's a question for the ages, huh? 8-)

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    If these old machines could talk. Think of the stories that are hidden within the souls of old machines.

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    Don't you just love surprises?

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    That is so interesting!!! Wow! A blast from the past!!!
    I once bought a pack of letters that belonged to a woman from her girlhood right to middle age from the late 1800's to 1940's. Such fascinating reading! I have read them several times. My only sadness is that they were at a flea market and I hate to see things end up there. I wondered why her family didn't have them. I'll never know.

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    How wonderful that you have this additional information and pieces of history :D:D:D

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    What a wonderful surprise. I can't wait to see the pics.

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    That's really cool, one good way to give it a solid date and where/who it came from !!

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    A collector told me that they the owners put important information or stuff that was important to them in these secret drawers because who would have thought to look in a sewing machine. The guy I met today I showed the pictures was in awe of the photos. I cannot wait to print them up. I am tracing the Gentlemans information I think this would be something the family would love to have it is in perfect condition like it was done today. If I cannot find I might see if our local history museum would like them. The union paper is very cool!!

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    How much fun is that!! WoW!!!!

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    Check out the plate on the machine. Has dates of the patents so very cool!
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    How exciting, can't wait to see the pics! :)

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    if the Union is still around..i will bet they would like the card, or a copy of it.
    our union hall has a collection on display.of old union badges, contract books, paycheck stubs etc..
    what a special find!

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    Great surprise!

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