Lake Barrington, IL
Retired after 20 years in the long haul trucking business the end of 2017. Dabbling in antiques now. Began with 70 shipping boxes used in WWI to ship bread to the trRetired after 20 years in the long haul trucking business the end of 2017. Dabbling in antiques now. Began with 70 shipping boxes used in WWI to ship bread to the troops in the Argonne Forest in France. Among thousands of these boxes, they won a chevron for durability after some of them were hit by shrapnel. The boxes were full when shipped and after arrival, were knocked down and shipped back to be reloaded. Many made 200 trips.
In 1930, the lids were discarded and they began use in a pottery factory until the plant closed in April 2016. I was fortunate enough to get a choice of the boxes. I have sold many of them but have kept 15 of them for usage in creative storage for my home. I donated 2 of them to the Fort Sheridan museum in Highwood, IL a few years ago.
I also have myriad of treasures from a trunk we inherited that was never opened until a year ago. In there, were a bevy of items from the early 1900's....books, photos, stamps, post cards, etc. I have been reliving the lives of the Kuehl family of Chicago who owned a smoke & billiard establishment adjacent to Wrigley Field in the first quarter of the 20th century. Several newspapers were included in the trunk as well as some from the 1960's. (Read more)