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Old 05-25-2019, 03:49 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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I have posted here before that another good, easy, way to find treasure is to dig through your boxes that have been in storage for a long time. I have found "treasures" several times that way. Last week was the latest experience. I was looking for something and saw the plastic tub containing my raw mineral collection I have not look in, in a long time. I saw, and remembered, chalcedony, apache tears (obsidian), tiger eye agate, and a rock about the size of my two fists that I didn't remember. It was a rough rock, not a geode. A piece of the matrix had been broken off and inside was what looked like opal. I'll have to take the rock to a geologist to see what it really is. I have sold lots of stuff on eBay and I immediately "saw" PayPal deposits going into my account. Ooops, hold on Old Fossil! I checked it out on eBay and found that in all the minerals except the "unknown", have minimum bids of less than the cost of packing and shipping. Oh well, it was interesting to dig through that stuff again.


Oh, and I never found what I was looking for.
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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More store room treasure - A brother of my maternal grandmother was a Medical Doctor. My sister is cleaning out some self storage units since she moved and is finding all kinds of stuff, including this book. See Attachment. It was published in 1885 and we don't know if it was a medical school text book or one he acquired later for his private practice library. He had an extensive library which I inherited and hung onto for years until I moved and no longer had room for them. I called the University of Arkansas Medical School Liberian to see if they would be interested in them for their archives. When I told her what I had she said "YES!" and that she would be here within the hour. In a short time she was here with a station wagon loaded with empty boxes. I had sorted the books by dates and subject and told her to take what she wanted. She said; "I want them ALL!", and packed, loaded, and took them away.


Later I was talking to a cousin and told her what I had done and she said she had Uncle Joe's first Medical License and would call the school to see if they were interested in it and if so would donate it to them. They were and she did. I didn't know about that document and would like to have had it copied made before it was donated, but things moved too fast. Oh well.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:18 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Treasure within the treasure - After the above Post about the medical book I was leafing through it and found, written in pencil, the birth and death dates of family members from 1891 to 1905. I have very little documented data on this family so this was indeed a "treasure".
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Old 07-05-2019, 08:37 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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When I started this Post seven years ago I gave it the subtitle of "Fact, Folklore, and Fable". As we all know, "treasure" is in the eye of the beholder and I have Posted the stories as I experience, hear, or read about them. Although some of the info in this story must be vague, for obvious reasons, the story is rue.


A friend in a distant city owns a guitar store and one day a man walks in with a major brand guitar he wanted to sell. Friend looked it over and decided that with some cleaning and refurbishment he could retail it for about $1,200.00, so offered the man $900.00 which was above "normal" wholesale price, which the man accepted.


Over the weeks as friend worked on the guitar, things about it just didn't seem right. It kept bothering him until he finally dug out his reference material and started making measurements, checking color, and wood grain. What he had was a limited edition which was retailing for $4,000.00! I haven't heard if he put it on the market or kept it for his private collection.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Deer Creek/Edmond, OKla
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Treasure within the treasure - After the above Post about the medical book I was leafing through it and found, written in pencil, the birth and death dates of family members from 1891 to 1905. I have very little documented data on this family so this was indeed a "treasure".
Love genealogy as well.
Hope you are doing well sir, been awhile since you have posted.
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