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Old 10-06-2008, 11:52 PM   #41
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The oldest thing I have with a date on it came to me in an unusual way. Years ago as a college student I got to go overseas for a year. I went to the U of Bath in the SW of England, but between the terms I took a short trip to the Continent. The details are fuzzy (this was 30 years ago after all) but at some time during that trip, I attempted to buy something from a vending machine, which ate my money. Someone came to retrieve my coins and discovered that some previous user had put in a small odd-looking coin, which jammed the mechanism. I asked for and was given this coin. When I looked at it more closely later, it turned out to be an old Belgian 1-centime coin that was minted in 1887!

Probably the oldest thing that has been continuously in the possession of my family since it was made (my Mom has it right now) is our family Bible. The first entry is the marriage of my great-great-parents, in 1853.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:22 AM   #42
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I have watches that belonged my father,FG, GGF, going back 6 generations. Oldest has a paper in it stating it was given to an ancestor, by his father, when he came to this country in 1830.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:27 AM   #43
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Oldest now, I believe, is a dime from 1840:

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Great items folks!

I dug through my old pics and found this one. It cracks me up! The second guy from the left is related to me.
Not sure how old it is.....
cool picture! i looked up the derby (bowler) hat online to see if it could help date the picture. no luck...there's nothing else distinguishing in the pic to tell the year.
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A 1937 class ring from Windham High School (upstate NY). My mother got it from a guy she dated when she was 15.
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Interesting thread.

Other than some fossils, minerals, and petrified wood, an 1876 quarter.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:06 AM   #47
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Oldest now, I believe, is a dime from 1840:

Wow! I guess I'll keep quiet about My PCJr.
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I've got a $2 bill from 1918 that came to me from my great-grandfather.

Also, I've got my great-grandfather and great-grandmother's pocketwatches. I haven't had them dated, but my guess is late 1890s.

I also have some antique ivory carvings of the Buddha and Confucius, probably from the early 20th century.

Oldest, though probably are some postage stamps from the early 1800s, thanks to a passion for stamp collecting I had in second grade (and never got rid of)
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I have the dollar bill (silver certificate) my Sister had in her hand when she went to the store in 1941 to purchase milk for me. She was hit by a speeding car and killed that day. My Father carried it in his wallet until the day he died - it was my only inheritance from him and I will pass it on some day.
Oh my! What a tragic story. How old was she?
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cool picture! i looked up the derby (bowler) hat online to see if it could help date the picture. no luck...there's nothing else distinguishing in the pic to tell the year.
I went through some archived emails and found that John, my relative, was born in 1877. He looks pretty young, so I'd guess circa 1897.
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Just so I'm clear on the OT, is underwear a plausible option?
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Just so I'm clear on the OT, is underwear a plausible option?
Well, since I can only see what people post and not smell said post, I'll give it a thumbs up. Knock yourself out CFB!
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Oh my! What a tragic story. How old was she?
She was 7 (2 weeks before her 8th birthday). I became an "only" child that day and it eventually destroyed my parents marriage. Makes me really cherish my kids and grand kids. Thanks for asking Maurice.
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