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    Help ID this find #2

    Veloise started a thread not too long ago asking the Throbbing Brian to help explain some unusual features found at her older home.

    Recently I toured the Michaelskis (circa 1890) family dwelling and saw many of the improvements he has in progress and planned for the next decade. These two images were taken in his basement. Everyone loves a good mystery - so tell us if YOU can help explain what was going on with the previous owner(s) in years past....

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    Whatever could this room have conceivably been used for? (an incidental observation - I note the room seems remarkably well insulated for sound).

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    This was scrawled on the wall in the adjacent room. A secret code perhaps?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I wish I was a moderator so I could put police tape across your post with some warning that the photos should not be viewed as they are part of a crime scene investigation...

    I think the paint was a party joke, alcohol was possibly involved in the incident...

    the numbers creep me out

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    I think Edgar Allen Poe wrote some short stories about places like this.

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    Perhaps I should clarify my remark in the OP. I assume it was the previous owners who were responsible for the room's conditions. I don't know that for a fact, though.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Could the top picture be the coal storage room?

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    I come across stuff like this in my cabin from time-to-time that was left by the previous owner who was from Grand Rapids. I have just chaulked it up to everyone living along the Grand River as being nuts. (Just kiddin', I know you folks are sensitive)
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    I should note that my wife and our dog will not enter the room with the bricks. It also has a wood door that has a rectangle section with a metal screen.





    I think that I might put a home brewery in this room.


    Also the numbers are carved into the wood.
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    80829

    A secret code? Nah. How about a zip code? Manitou Springs, Colorado.

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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    "It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again"
    Post of the Day!!!!! Nothing like a good 'Lambs' reference.

    Quote Originally posted by Otis
    How about a zip code? Manitou Springs, Colorado
    I get the feeling the numbers may have been carved in the wood prior to the advent of zip codes. My guess is they refer to a phone number Egan - 80829. Wasn't that a phone number convention/practice about 50 years ago - letter plus five digits?
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    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Post of the Day!!!!! Nothing like a good 'Lambs' reference.

    I get the feeling the numbers may have been carved in the wood prior to the advent of zip codes. My guess is they refer to a phone number Egan - 80829. Wasn't that a phone convention about 50 years ago - letter plus five digits?
    Perhaps carved by Egan on August 8, 1929?

    When I was first aware of phone numbers they were two letters and 4 digits. The two letters stood for something, like CR was Crestwood. So you could say that your number was "Crestwood 5429" or "CR 5429." Then they went to five digits, so it became CR 6-5429. There also could have been CR 2, CR 3, etc. Some time in the 1960s I think they went to all digits, and CR 6-5429 became 276-5429. In large metropolitan areas they were ahead of this nationwide curve, getting the two-letter/five-digit numbers earlier. See the great Glen Miller big band tune PEnnsylvania 6-5000. Or the BEachwood 4-5789 Marvelettes song.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEnnsylvania_6-5000

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=925ecJOXkx0
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    My guess is they refer to a phone number Egan - 80829. Wasn't that a phone number convention/practice about 50 years ago - letter plus five digits?
    Not one of the telephone exchange names:
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    The first pic: Bloodlettings? Ritual sacrifice? Perhaps a voodoo practitioner lived in the house.
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    If it is near the heating plant and if it has a smallish outside door with easy access, it was likely the coal bunker.

    Coal was a very widely and commonly used home heating fuel before WWII and most families bought a sufficient supply for the entire heating season sometime during the fall.

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