Archeological Finds Vol. 12 – Toy Soldiers, Aircraft Flashcards and More


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“Here are the cool things we have found in our place in Mt Pleasant. Clearly kids have lived here.


The soldier was buried and partially stuck to a concrete deck post footing. We think he is early WW2, or maybe between the wars.


The aircraft flash cards were behind baseboards. WW2. They are each about 2 inches across.


The marbles just keep showing up inside and in the yard.


The tasting cups were in the attic. One is inscribed twice, the other just once.”

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  • regarding the toy soldier – is it a Briton brand? That green base looks familiar. My dad has a bunch of those from his youth (just after WWII) and still speaks of them fondly.

  • the soldier looks like he is holding a gigantic piece of delicious, albeit somewhat old, bacon.

  • Were those cards used in the war? Seems like they could have been aids for IDing aircraft from the ground – looks like all the aircraft are portrayed as if you’re looking up at them from below.

  • When I bought my 1910 Park View row house, the flipper had just left the yard a sea of mud. As I worked on weeding and planting, I found about 10 marbles.

  • Someone lost their marbles!

  • You should find someone to identify these things – a museum might love them

  • I Dont Get It

    What is engraved on the cups? They look like my grandfather’s christening cups.

  • Just looking at his cover alone, it’s clear that toy soldier looks to be WWI-era, not WWII. A quick search tells me it might be from Barclay Manufacturing Co. You may have found more than one generation of toys at the house… Nice find! BTW, that toy may be made of lead…

  • I have several of these army men that I inherited from my father who was born in 1928. He was given these soldiers in 1933, well before WW II and notice the helmets. They are from WW I.

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