Ha, thanks guys.
I like to attend estate sales in Berwyn and Cicero. Bohemians are renown for keeping just about EVERYTHING going back generations. In the summer of 2008 there was an estate sale in Berwyn that I attended. After seeing the pictures of what was there advertised, I waited in front all night to be able to be one of the first people in the place. When we entered it was a virtual time capsule. I was able to buy just about 300 items which included paper ephemera, photo's, promo items, and knick knacks which were all related to Berwyn, Cicero, and the Czech neighborhoods of Chicago. The family lived in the house since at least 1926. Before that the lived on Ogden Ave. in Cicero, and before that in Pilsen. The neat thing is that they kept everything. I found the families Saloon business license from Cicero dating to 1911. They kept every piece of paper, piece of clothing, EVERYTHING. The grand father had owned a tavern then an auto repair facility in Cicero in the 1920s, and his son had worked at the Pilsen Brewing Company from the 1930s till the 1960s. His daughter worked in a Cicero bank and the son moved away. The house was so cool. They had cleaning products under the sink that were at least 50 years old. In the basement there was still coal and the receipts from the coal were nailed to the wall from the 1930s. Just amazing. The sad part is that the grandson who was at least sixty-something years old had the same name as his father, grandfather, etc. He didn't 'live in the house and wasn't interested in anything. All of that family history went to strangers. It kind of made me sad to buy it, but happy it was saved.
Here are just a few of the items from the sale.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/21/2010 11:52PM by Berwyn Frank.