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Searching for Value in the Estate

Updated on August 27, 2016

Cleaning

Sorting, cleaning, and organizing are some of the things that needed to be done when going through all the items that were in Dad's old house. It was only a three bedroom house, but each room and each closet had been filled to the point where family and visitors had to carefully walk the narrow pathways through the sets of collectibles in the house.

This article pictorially summarizes some of the things found. Old dolls, old comic books, old records, old books, and other memorabilia were all found scattered through the various rooms of the house.

For the time period while we are settling the estate, some of the more unique and interesting items will be listed online for sale. This article is mostly pictures, with links to CraigsList items near the top of the article and links to e-bay items near the bottom.

Old Dolls

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Bionic PeoplesDoll By The Windowmay be a dollnot a doll, just a big bird
Bionic Peoples
Bionic Peoples | Source
Doll By The Window
Doll By The Window | Source
may be a doll
may be a doll | Source
not a doll, just a big bird
not a doll, just a big bird | Source

Old Dolls

Mom was a doll collector of sorts. She saved every doll she ever bought for the kids, and maybe had a few left over from when she was a kid (back in the 1940's).

Mom died in 2009.

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The tiny pictures can be clicked on to show a larger version of the picture.

Figurines

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A Dining Room CabinetA Dining Room Cabinet from the sideA Living Room CabinetA Dining Room Cabinet
A Dining Room Cabinet
A Dining Room Cabinet | Source
A Dining Room Cabinet from the side
A Dining Room Cabinet from the side | Source
A Living Room Cabinet
A Living Room Cabinet | Source
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A Dining Room Cabinet
A Dining Room Cabinet | Source

Figurines

There is a really wide variety of figurines, some older, some more recent.

There are Hummel's in there somewhere.

They may or may not be in the pictures.

Old Comics

Some of the comic books are the old classics. Others are special publications done by the United States government. Smokey the Bear was the one Mom liked to talk about. The Classics were the comic book version of classical literature that might be the assignment of choice for reading when by your high school English or Literature teacher.

Much of this legacy is being lost, as well as the lessons taught by those same classics.

Old Books

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Set # 2 - Spine Child CraftSet # 2 - Cover Child CraftSet # 2 - Copyright Page Child CraftOther Boxed BooksUnboxed Book ShelfBooks still on shelf (12Mar)Book Copyright PageBook CoverBook SpineBook Copyright PageBook CoverBook SpineBook Copyright PageBook CoverBook Spines
Set # 2 - Spine Child Craft
Set # 2 - Spine Child Craft | Source
Set # 2 - Cover Child Craft
Set # 2 - Cover Child Craft | Source
Set # 2 - Copyright Page Child Craft
Set # 2 - Copyright Page Child Craft | Source
Other Boxed Books
Other Boxed Books | Source
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Unboxed Book Shelf | Source
Books still on shelf (12Mar)
Books still on shelf (12Mar) | Source
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Book Copyright Page | Source
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Book Cover | Source
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Book Spine | Source
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Book Copyright Page | Source
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Book Cover | Source
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Book Spine | Source
Book Copyright Page
Book Copyright Page | Source
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Book Cover | Source
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Book Spines | Source

Old Books

There were lots of bookshelves in the house. Many were stacked with collections of older books.

Many of these were associated with child-raising, and suitable for young children. That is, young children of the Twentieth Century. Some of the older folks reading might remember how a good book would trigger the imagination and cause folks to think about how to adapt and overcome the obstacles of life..

Nowadays, children don't read books. Instead they play their computer games, and learn how to finger tap their way through imaginary obstacles.

Others were collections of encyclopedias and other sources of information. Many were Readers Digest collections, the book form, not the magazine form.

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Record storage cabinet before packing,Record storage cabinet after packing with only tow albums left to pack from this cabinet.All packed up, with odd looking records left out.
Record storage cabinet before packing,
Record storage cabinet before packing, | Source
Record storage cabinet after packing with only tow albums left to pack from this cabinet.
Record storage cabinet after packing with only tow albums left to pack from this cabinet. | Source
All packed up, with odd looking records left out.
All packed up, with odd looking records left out. | Source

Old Records

Dad was a musician. He collected records.

It has taken three good book sized packing boxes so far to box up all thee old records. Names like Bing Crosby, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Beatles, US Navy Band, the Philharmonic, all appeared as albums of the old Vinyl record sort. The first set of these went to a dealer, with the majority subsequently donated.

There was an interesting set of vinyl like records also. Theses were different in that they were about a quarter of an inch thick. The label on them was 'Edison', but the song titles on the labels were not remarkable.

Memorabilia

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Special Olympics LetterOld US Navy Band shirt - CanadaReel-to-reel taper ecorder in thereCollection of Glasses - celebrating a famous painterMaritime ClockMaritime Barometer
Special Olympics Letter
Special Olympics Letter | Source
Old US Navy Band shirt - Canada
Old US Navy Band shirt - Canada | Source
Reel-to-reel taper ecorder in there
Reel-to-reel taper ecorder in there | Source
Collection of Glasses - celebrating a famous painter
Collection of Glasses - celebrating a famous painter | Source
Maritime Clock
Maritime Clock | Source
Maritime Barometer
Maritime Barometer | Source

Memorabilia

Much of the memorabilia that Dad shared stories of most often is shared already in the article "Death-of-a-Father".

The shirt there is a from the 1960's, It is a reminder of when Dad served in Canada. Contrary to the expectations for those times, he was not draft-dodging, but was assigned to server there by the Navy.

Toys - Some went to e-bay stores

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Toys

There were lots of toys. Mom and Dad had apparently saved our old toys, from the 1960s on through the 1980s. There were toy vehicles, toy sleds, building kits, globes, toy cash registers, and all sorts of stuff that modern I-pad oriented children would puzzle over today.

They all went to an e-bay store. When I get the link, I'll add it to the article. Many of the pictures are shown at right.


The House

Before he died, Dad took out a reverse mortgage on the house. After he died, that mortgage came due, and we were given the options 1) pay the mortgage, 2) fix and sell the house, or 3) the company would foreclose on the house. After researching the actions needed to exercise either of the first two options and consequences we asked the reverse mortgage company to go ahead with foreclosure.

Dad had bought the house in 1962, and he and Mom were the sole owners.


The house was sold at auction June 7, 2016. The only bid appears to have come from the Reverse Mortgage Company,

NOTES

This article is a work in progress, and will be added to as new things are discovered or uncovered in the house. We'll also update (maybe not so timely) as items are disposed of.

Those of you have worked through the process of resolving an estate will understand.

Thanks go to all the folks involved in settling this estate. Truly it helps, and foreclosure is, for the family, the best path forward.

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