They Found A Locked Trunk In The Garage... It Belonged To Their Dead Grandfather.

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A year ago, we found this trunk in my grandfather's house in the gargage after his passing. He never told anyone about it, and what we found inside amazed us.. I posted an album shortly after of some of its contents on reddit. It got somewhat popular and made it onto some smaller news sites. I decided to update the album to have better pictures of the items I had previously shown, with more information on them, as well as new items I have found in the trunk. This is an old photo of the trunk as I currently do not have the trunk and some of its contents, but I have most items. I am unsure of the age of the trunk.

Have you ever found anything surprising while cleaning out your closets? You may have come across a pair of jeans you'd forgotten about, or perhaps a box of treasures from your childhood, but odds are you've never come across an amazing thing like this. This lucky housecleaner was going through their closets for some spring cleaning when he came across an amazing trunk full of his great-great grandfather's things. You're not going to believe the kind of stuff that was inside - luckily he uploaded photos and shared them with the world.


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The chest was full of amazing historical items that were left in there for many, many years. Digging through the items, we soon realized the trunk once belonged to my Great Great Grandfather, JC. There was so much stuff that it would take ages to photograph and put it on here, so I have chosen the most significant items in it. This is another old photo, but from here on, there will only be new photos.

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One of my favorite items I had found in the chest was this John Deere Farming Companion booklet.

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It had my Great Great Grandfather's handwriting all throughout it. Most were farm-related calculations.

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There were also advertisements throughout the pamphlet.

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Another favorite item of mine was tube of elixir name "Liquozone" that supposedly cured everything. This type of "medicine" is where the term snake oil comes from.

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Three leather items. Extremely soft.

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An old level. If you look closely you can see the bubble. There are no other markings on it, so if you have information on this please let me know.

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This is a box that once housed a colt revolver. Inside was a bullet, a few letters, and a gun cleaning rod.

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This box was also found inside the colt box empty.

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Oddly, there were three pairs of glasses in the trunk. The blue pair at the bottom are the most interesting. People have told me they were shooting glasses, maybe sunglass or maybe even glasses use to read invisible ink.

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This is a paper I had found in an envelope that obviously came with a pair of glasses.

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The trunk was also filled with antique books dating back to the early 1900's. These are just a few.

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The Great Controversy between Christ and Satan is a religious book still read today by Seventh-Day Adventists. It had these interesting page colors on the sides.

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Here is an illustration of Vatican City from the book. The book is full of amazing illustrations.

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This is an illustration I found in the book Briton and Boer in South Africa. It is the red book in the top right in the image posted earlier. It is also filled with many illustrations in similar detail to The Great Controversy

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This is a new book that I have found since I had last posted the trunk a year ago. My Great Great Grandfather was a mason, and I never knew this until I opened the trunk. This book was printed in 1944

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It is full of essentially the complete rules and symbols of the freemasons.

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Here is another page from the book with a few symbols.

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Not only was my Great Great Grandfather part of the freemasons, he was also part of the Scottish Rite, which is a higher level of the freemasons. This 10k gold ring is given to Scottish Rite members. On the inside of the ring, there is a latin phrase that reads: virtus junxit mors non separabit. This translates to "Whom virtue unites, death will not separate."

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Here is Scottish Rite letter.

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There were hundreds of letters in the trunk. This is just a small stack.

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Many of them were from the bank and had old checks in them.

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Or tax papers.

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Though some were much more personal.

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This letter is from a friend who is glad that my Great Great Grandfather is feeling better, but is sad about the drought. There are very many handwritten letters that discuss many things.

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This is a well made father's day card from my Great Great Grandfather's Daughter, Ella.

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Along with being a mason, my Great Great Grandfather was a socialist. It was common for farmers of his day to be one.

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A socialist pin.

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My Great Great Grandfather owned some stock in this socialist newspaper. I have yet to figure out if they are worth anything.

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Another pamphlet with the Chevy logo on the back.

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Along with being a Socialist and freemason, my Great Great Grandfather was also part of the Anti Horse Theft Association......

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as well as the Home Relief Association. He was a busy man.

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Lastly I'd like to leave you with this colorful map of Europe. Notice the change of Germany's border and such. Thank you for viewing this album. I am very lucky to possess so much fascinating history and if you have any information on the items please contact me.

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Next, check out this apartment in Paris that wasn't opened for 68 years.