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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

We Found a Mysterious Time Capsule

You just never know what you might find hidden away in an attic of an old house...

Steve was up in the attic today and was removing an old unused retractable staircase that had been in there for many many years. While he was removing the structure and the accompanying rails and springs, he found a tiny glass jar. It was hidden away in a corner and looked like it had been there for many years.

He brought it down to me 
and I said ah ha 
it's a Time Capsule!

As the anticipation mounted, we examined the outside of the jar first. It was from the Richelieu company and was a jar of honey dew melon? There were no barcodes or UPC symbols on the lid so it had to be made prior to 1980s.

So far, that means the jar is at least 40 years old

We carefully opened it up and found three things.... one was normal, and the other two were ummmmm abnormal. I will start with the normal thing first:

It was a piece of beaded chain. The kind that you use for small key chains or to suspend a pull chain on an old-fashioned light fixture. This one was about the length of a necklace and had a clasp where it was clamped into a circle.  Perhaps it was someone's idea of Fine Jewelry? Maybe it was a chain from a cool 1970s love relationship between a guy and a girl hippie?  We have no idea.  It shall forever remain a mystery.

Now for the second item. There was a small cardboard box. It was empty, the flap open, nothing inside.

Again, no UPC code or barcode so it had to be pre-1980. It was from the Ducolax company and it was a box that had held two suppositories!!  I kid you not!

This second item now this ties in with the third item.  This is weird.... It was a faded piece of paper.

It reads:
Preparation for Barium Enema.
1. Take 4 tablets at 5 p.m. the evening before the examination.
3. Use suppository at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the examination. Remove the wrapper (laa laaa laaaaa I won't type that part) 
4. Report to the X-ray department at ______  on _______/

It was a piece of paper, obviously a printout from a hospital or clinic. It appeared to be the old type of mimeograph printed paper rather than a typewritten sheet directly off of a typewriter, or printed from a printer or press. Remember those old mimeograph papers where the lettering was kind of blue?  This is faded but still able to be read.

The wording on the paper is tied into the box of Dulcolax because it was instructions on what to do to prepare yourself before going to the hospital for a barium enema for an X-ray!!!

It seemed to be a basic form letter of instructions. There was nothing written in the blanks of the exact time to appear at the hospital at the x-ray department.  Hmmmm? So evidently the person receiving this form already knew what time to be at the department and didn't need it written in the blanks.

Alas and alack, we may never me know the "out come" of this time capsule mystery, and perhaps we really don't want to know?

I do know a gal who said she lived in a house down the street in the 1970s. Her older brother rented this house during that time. I forwarded the information onto her so she can ask her brother if maybe he knows what this is all about???  or then again, maybe not.

Happily, we did not have to haul all that old batt insulation to the landfill. A guy we know is building a workshop later this summer.  He said that he could use it in the walls.  Since Steve already had it all loaded up on the trailer, he hauled it over to a place where the guy will store it until he needs it.  Better than setting in a landfill.

My finger is feeling better, and I dabbed more antibiotic cream on it when I changed the bandage today.  I didn't get much sewing done, because Steve has a few more projects on the roster and I had to help him out.


  1. A chain like that is also used to wear military dog tags. It's fun to find old things, but those sure are odd things to save!!!!

    1. That is really a fantastic thought! I bet you that's what it could be...

  2. That is really odd stuff to find especially in a jar. I hope the brother will be able to shed some light on it.

    Glad your finger is getting better.

  3. That would be so cool if the guy knows what this is all about. But it is odd.
    Happy to hear your finger is doing well.


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