Depression-era Artifacts Discovered in Home Renovation

During an Everett, Massachusetts home renovation, dozens of Depression-era objects were found in a wall.

Among the items was a full pre-teen’s purse, lost between an attic wall and the unfinished floor rafters.  Also discovered was a partial paystub, a strip of 1929 photograph negatives, several whiskey bottles, a 1932 Hotel Bradford dance flyer, newspaper clip coupons for the then-extant Revere Beach amusement park, smoking materials and an address book with several entries.

Ara Hagopian’s The Literate Show was given exclusive access to these historic items. The resulting seven photo greeting cards showcase the objects in a series of themes:

Card #281: “Depression-era Contents of a Young Girl’s Purse”

Card #283: “Enjoy Yourself at the 1932 Annual Ball, Boston, MA”

Card #284: “Vintage American Sinners”

Card #285: “Everyday Life, Two Months Before the Great Depression”

Card #286: “Post-Prohibition Bottle Labels”

Card #287: “A New Look at the 1920’s”

Card #288: “A New Look at the 1920’s, part 2”

Included in the find was a small strip of photograph negatives, adding human faces to the items they’ve left behind.

Every item pictured below came from the Everett renovation.

A full story is being prepared on the artifacts and will be published in the March 2018 book.


About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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2 Responses to Depression-era Artifacts Discovered in Home Renovation

  1. Jennifer Sbrogna says:

    very cool -where did you get all these vintage objects? neat idea Ara!


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