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    Amazing Trash Find! 1924-1938 Historic Scrap Book!

    From 1924 to June 1938 a young man named William Arthur Jacob put together a scrap book that depicted 14 years of his life, from his days in the US Army, to his training in the New York City Police Academy, to his honeymoon which took him all over the nation. William lived it up and had fun at every moment. Long after he completed this one-of-a-kind photo album scrap book and long after he had died someone in his family decided that poor William's life was not actually that interesting and tossed his lovingly-made scrap book into a garbage bag that was placed on the curbside for the trash man. 80 years and 4 months after it was completed I found William's scrap book tonight before it could be destroyed and lost forever. This is just SOME of what I found inside, the book is 55 pages long and contains HUNDREDS of historic photos...

    The cover to the book labeled "WAJ":
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    The title page describing this as the scrap book of William Arthur Jacob who produced the book from 1924- June 1938:
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    William Arthur Jacob, a funny guy:
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    William at Camp Smith in 1935:
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    I would have hung out with these guys if I was alive in 1935.
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    The guard of a North Carolina chain gang looks towards the camera:
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    William presents us with his interpretation of President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" as it's never been seen before, the 'Nude Deal':
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    Fisher Island July 1936:
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    The Great Depression was hitting some places worse than others, here is 1936 Luray, Virginia:
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    Shahola Pennsylvania in 1933 still reminds one of the railroad towns of the old west
    with its unpaved dirt roads still kicking up dust as the steam train pulls into the station:
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    1933 Fort Wright, Fishers Island N.Y.
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    Firing the big cannon:
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    1934 Brooklyn NY, Possibly Floyd Bennett Field:
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    NYC Police Academy 1937:
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    There are many more photos that I can upload later... including ones where they are on a battle ship, New York City Police Academy training photos, Bi-plane barn storming, etc.
    Last edited by UnderMiner; Oct 11, 2018 at 12:59 AM.
    Let history be your treasure map .

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    Very cool, looks like he was a fun guy!

    Steve
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    Nice!
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    Hey Underminer, that is one of the COOLEST finds I've seen in a while. It's amazing that it survived all those decades, but glad it did! Thx for sharing and yes...please do post more of William's pics. Ddf.
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    that is a great save. its ashame that somebody threw this out specially his own family. please preserve this
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    Absolutely outstanding save!!! That would be a great piece of history gone forever if you wouldn't have recovered it from the trash!!! It makes you wonder, just how much great pieces of our history is literally trashed each day. Thanks for sharing, Take care and may God bless you and yours... "D"



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    Really cool kinda sad someone threw it away Be great to return to a family member
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    This is an addiction!!! There is no cure!!! And it only gets worse!!!!! KEEP PLUGGIN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderMiner View Post
    From 1924 to June 1938 a young man named William Arthur Jacob put together a scrap book that depicted 14 years of his life, from his days in the US Army, to his training in the New York City Police Academy, to his honeymoon which took him all over the nation. William lived it up and had fun at every moment. Long after he completed this one-of-a-kind photo album scrap book and long after he had died someone in his family decided that poor William's life was not actually that interesting and tossed his lovingly-made scrap book into a garbage bag that was placed on the curbside for the trash man. 80 years and 4 months after it was completed I found William's scrap book tonight before it could be destroyed and lost forever. This is just SOME of what I found inside, the book is 55 pages long and contains HUNDREDS of historic photos...

    The cover to the book labeled "WAJ":
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    The title page describing this as the scrap book of William Arthur Jacob who produced the book from 1924- June 1938:
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    William Arthur Jacob, a funny guy:
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    William at Camp Smith in 1935:
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    I would have hung out with these guys if I was alive in 1935.
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    The guard of a North Carolina chain gang looks towards the camera:
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    William presents us with his interpretation of President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" as it's never been seen before, the 'Nude Deal':
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    Fisher Island July 1936:
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    The Great Depression was hitting some places worse than others, here is 1936 Luray, Virginia:
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    Shahola Pennsylvania in 1933 still reminds one of the railroad towns of the old west
    with its unpaved dirt roads still kicking up dust as the steam train pulls into the station:
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    1933 Fort Wright, Fishers Island N.Y.
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    Firing the big cannon:
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    1934 Brooklyn NY, Possibly Floyd Bennett Field:
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    NYC Police Academy 1937:
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    There are many more photos that I can upload later... including ones where they are on a battle ship, New York City Police Academy training photos, Bi-plane barn storming, etc.
    Great save!

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    Awesome...Great Save and Thanks For Sharing These...I'd like to see however many pics you'd like to post too.

    Kace

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    Can't believe some relative would'nt of wanted that.....congrats on the find...
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    Way to go UnderMiner amazing piece of history you saved. I can attest to the great and amazing garbage finds in NYC as I have found many. Cheers
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    That’s an amazing save that could have been lost forever. Very interesting find for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum View Post
    Absolutely outstanding save!!! That would be a great piece of history gone forever if you wouldn't have recovered it from the trash!!! It makes you wonder, just how much great pieces of our history is literally trashed each day. Thanks for sharing, Take care and may God bless you and yours... "D"



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    hey brother i like your southern pride picture and sayings, my family came from Louisiana and most are still there. my great, great uncle was CONFEDERATE general Henry Hopkins Sibley
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    great save!!!!
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    I understand knick knacks being tossed, but never have understood pictures...especially if they are labeled as well as the ones in this scrapbook. Great find! One thing I've done is hunt down relatives on Ancestry.com and offer to share pics with them.
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