2.05.2006

The Writing on the Wall

I've read on other house blogs where the owners have found cool things that the PO's left behind. I was hoping with all the wall paper we removed that I would find a cool, secret message from the past. Last month when I removed wall paper from our bedroom, I found this:



It says "Van Dike." I did some very easy internet research (i.e. I googled a few terms) but came up with nothing. So at this point I really have no idea what this means. I was thinking it was either someone who helped build the house or the person who put up the wall paper. I'm 95% sure that the paper in this room was original.

In the next room I found this on the wall:


This one said "Papered in 6/92." Both of these scribblings are gone b/c they were done in pencil and I had to get the glue off the walls. And the pencil came off as well.

So maybe I didn't find a buried treasure or anything...but still a little piece of our home's history. And by my standards...that's pretty cool!

3 comments:

derek said...

Our house just had the dimensions for the wallpaper written on the wall. No treasure maps or anything.

Jason266 said...

When we stripped old wallpaper in one room, we found the cool original wallpaper...I found the original purchase paper from when previous owners had aluminum siding from Sears put on the house in the sixties...I found old newspaper clippings in a wall between our living room and dining room...and a racoon skeleton in our attic crawl space (but that's not really cool, is it?). Nice blog, glad to see another Irvington blogger.

Katz said...

We had the same freaking thing with one of our rooms. We took off the wallpaper and...

Actually, we took off three layers of nicotene wallpaper. I have to illustrate...

. Top layer....
. The wallpaper underneath...
. And the information for contacting the original paper hanger, like it's still accurate.

And in case you're trying to figure out who this is and what house it is, click me.