40 Times People Found The Most Unexpected Old Things

Time flies, they say. Oh boy, it does. But it only becomes obvious when you come across something from the past. Quite often, it’s a high school pic of your 14-year-old goth self rocking that camera. That’s a friendly reminder of your cringy legacy full of hopes and dreams before reality hit.

Other times, we come by stuff that’s as old as history itself. And some specimens are weirder than others. Cocaine tablets and a syringe from a 100-year-old nursing kit? Found it. Uranium glassware that glows? Yep. An antique door that helps you find the keyhole in case you’re drunk? Got it. Please enjoy Bored Panda’s compilation of the most amusing objects brought to you from the past by a bunch of people-turned-time-travelers.

#1 I Found This Taped Up In The Toy Aisle Of Goodwill. Couldn’t Tell What It Did But Thought I Could Detail It. Took A $3 Gamble And Then This Happened

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#2 My Grandfather Had A Miniature Set Of All Of Shakespeare’s Plays. It’s 111 Years Old

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#3 These Intricate Old Keyholes

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Some of us get lucky and find some quirky old pieces of history in the attic or after we move houses. That sounds like a good opportunity to make some quick cash, but there’re some things you should know before selling your item to the antique dealer.

Do some research beforehand—go on the internet to find some information, and evaluate the item’s condition. Keep in mind that in most cases, you’re likely gonna get 20 to 50 percent off the real retail price.

Sometimes, antique dealers will ask you to state a price you’d like to get. So get ready for a little bit of negotiation. Make sure the dealer is genuinely interested in what you have, and you are truly ready to part with it. If it’s a precious heirloom from your family, you’d better think twice before selling it.

#4 A Nice Couple Found My Great Grandpa’s Purple Heart In A Forclosed Home In A Box Labled “Trash” And Returned It To My Family

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#5 My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

The archeologists from the museum told him that it is probably from a grave dating back to 3-4000 years ago. It has been found in Castell’ Arquato, PC, Italy. He proceeded to give it to the Museum Of Parma.

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#6 Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

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You’ve probably noticed that people use a variety of different terms like vintage, retro, or antique to refer to whatever “old” stuff they have. But these are not synonymous and, in fact, refer to very different things. A true antique, for example, is an object that’s 100 years of age or even older. Every antique item belongs to a different period⁠⁠—for example, Art Nouveau or Art Deco⁠⁠—and these may have a couple of decades separating them.

The term “vintage” usually covers older items in general. If you go “vintage shopping,” you’re shopping for items that have distinctive vintage styles and usually date to anything from the ’40s to ’70s. Meanwhile, the term “collectible” is used for newer items that date to the ’80s, ’90s, and even ’00s. The word “retro” refers to vintage-inspired styles and vibes and may be used for art, fashion, graphic and interior designs, and objects.

#7 I Found These 60-Year-Old Condoms In My Basement

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#8 My Late Grandma Still Had Her TV Operating Guide From 1962

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#9 The Filament Of This Antique Light Bulb Is Shaped Like Flowers

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#10 My Barbershop Still Uses Their Original Cash Register From 1904

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#11 My Great Great Aunt’s 100-Year-Old Nursing Kit Has A Vile Full Of Cocaine Tablets And A Syringe

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#12 This Page From An Illustrated Captain’s Log From 1777

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#13 After A Construction Company Caused A Local Reservoir Level To Sink 10 Feet, A 600-Year-Old Buddha Carving Was Found

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#14 Roman Coin I Found In France While Metal Detecting. Emperor Constantine I. Minted In Trier (Treveri), Germany. Bronze. 306-337 A.D.

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#15 My Friend Was Splitting Logs And Found An Arrowhead

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#16 This Antique Door From 1380 In Regensburg, Germany, Helps Finding The Keyhole After You Drank Too Much Wine

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#17 This Railway Ticket We Found In Our Barn. The Stamp On The Back Says Aug 18, 1890

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#18 Found An Old Monopoly Set In The Walls Of My 1925 House

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#19 This Antique American Pledge Of Allegiance Does Not Reference God

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#20 36 Vettes From An 80s Promtional. One From Each Production Year From 1953 To 1989 Found Sitting In A Nearly Abandoned New York City Storage Lot For About 25 Years

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#21 My Grandma Has Original Moon Landing Printing Plates From The Time Magazine Cover

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#22 Grandpa Still Uses A Decades Old Computer That Still Runs DOS, Typing And Printing And Storing Things On Floppies

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#23 2000-Year-Old Green Serpentine Stone Mask Found At The Base Of The Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacán, Mexico

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#24 New Orleans Still Has Horse Hitches In Various Parts Of The City

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#25 Lovely Antique Aquarium

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#26 This Old Sundial Has Muli-Oriented Panels That Show Time Of Countries All Around The World

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#27 An Old Cup That Keeps Your Moustache Dry

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#28 I Found An Old Lunar Globe Where The Far Side Of The Moon Is Still Uncharted

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#29 Mom Found My Old McDonald’s Food Toys That Turned Into Robots

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#30 Have You Ever Wondered How Music Was Typed Before Computers? This Rare Vintage Typewriter From The 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music

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#31 Vintage Freddie Mercury Queen Plate, 1980s

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#32 I Found This Old Lightbulb In My Grandparents’ House Finished In 1902 And It Still Works

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#33 Found This Old Calculator In My Great Grandmother’s Attic

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#34 I Found This Cleaning Out Grandma’s House

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#35 Old European Houses Have A Shoe Scraper By The Door So That You Could Clean The Mud Off Your Soles Before Entering

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#36 Found Three 1969 Newspapers About The Moon Landing In An Old Chest In The Attic

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#37 Jackpot Find At An Antique Market In Greenwich Village NYC. Poison Ring

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#38 Found This Coin In My Grandma’s Collection Of Old Stuff. Turns Out, It’s From The Year 1797

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#39 Old School Nintendo Cards From My Grandma

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#40 Vintage Forbidden Candy Identification Chart

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