Artifacts

Original wainscoting buried under some layers when we did demolition.

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Remnants of a built in “pneumatic speaking tube”. which was placed just outside the master bedroom to communicate with the kitchen. Each end of the tube was covered by a whistle valve into which you would blow and produce a sound like a whistling tea kettle. The person at the other end would know to open their valve and have a spoken conversation through the tube.

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Electrical wire tag circa 1908 found in the walls.

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Newspaper in renovated section of house circa 1963.

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Knob-and-tube wiring was the standardized method of electrical wiring in homes in North America from 1880 to the 1930s. It consisted of one copper wire run through a protective porcelain insulating tube drilled through a joist or stud, and the other wire separately wrapped around a knob. The knobs and tubes separated the wire from potentially combustible framework, facilitated changes in direction, and ensured that wires were not subject to excessive tension. Because the wires were suspended in air, they could dissipate heat well. Knob and tube wiring was eventually displaced because of the high cost of installation compared with use of power cables, which combined all wires including a ground in one run.

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Also found in the walls were wires that were part of an early electrical buzzer system between rooms.

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We mounted a collection of these artifacts in a shadowbox displayed in the entrance. History captured for all to see!

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