August 17, 2009

One More Discovery!

We've enjoyed finding random and bizarre items left by the previous owners of our row house. The most bizarre?  THIS (which we recently donated to a loving and supportive home. We maintain visitation rights, though, and plan to check on it soon.)

We installed a new (to us) washer and dryer in the basement and found this helpful guide tied to the exhaust vent.   Is that Pebbles on the cover?
Oooooooh! What a Zen-like 'Service Doctor.'   May I call you Dr. Service?   Nice shirt Dr. Service.

Dr. Service says, "Ah. Grasshoppah. If you can take this fuse from my hand, your washer/dryer training will be complete."
Do not cry, sad sad washer! I will un-kink your drain hoses just as Dr. Service has shown me!






















I thought only women sat on washer lids while looking blissed-out. Apparently Dr. Service knows more than his fashion sense lets on.

If you ever found items left behind by a previous owner/tenant, tell me about it in a comment!

45 comments:

  1. It's like a childrens book! I love how on one page he is giant sized behind the washer and the next page he is teeny tiny by the dial. Magic Zen Dr. Service!

    Who did you give the crazy alien people too?

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  2. i LOVE it! you should frame some of the pages & hang them in your laundry room!

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  3. Dr. Service: open your eyes, man!

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  4. Christine - I gave the crazy alien people to KG - a mutual friend. She's promised to let me visit.

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  5. Now THAT is one old service booklet! I have to say that I have never found anything good left behind, however I do often wonder what I left behind at my parents house in that attic. For some reason that attic always gave me the creeps and when they passed away, I couldn't bear to go up there for long. I know there were things tucked away in the recesses of the attic I left & I often wonder if anybody ever poked around and found anything and if they did, what!

    Happy SITS Day!

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  6. That is definitely Pebbles and that book is priceless.

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  7. I like that troubleshooting Dr. Service--how cute and pictures always are easier to follow than just words.

    We found a pack of cigarette's hidden in the basement rafters when we remodeled our basement. Apparently one of the kids who previously lived here forgot them when they moved. Must have been hiding them there from his parents.

    Congrats on your SITS day.

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  8. That's funny! If only service manuals were that "zen like" in this day and age! ~Lanie J.

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  9. Your home is taking you guys on what looks like an amazing journey - how fun to do it as a team and capture each step. I enjoyed perusing through your blog and see all of the discoveries and steps you have came across so far. Congratulations on your day! Have a lovely Friday. =)

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  10. I found a sweet little plastic heart shaped ring on the back patio. :)

    The blissed-out washing machine line cracked me up!! Please let me know if you are ever inspired to write for our Dear Cellulite Column (it's a series where women write letters to their cellulite and we run them as guest posts on the Cellulite Investigation). Would love to see what you come up with!

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  11. Love the illustrations. People don't bother with that now which is a shame. I'd much rather look at the purdy pictures! lol

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  12. Wow, that is totally cool. I wish that manuals were that easy to read today.

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  13. LOL! That's a keeper!! I think the only thing we found when we moved was a pressure washer attachment for the hose. But that's been more useful than funny! :)

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  14. Love it! Love, love, love it!

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  15. I'm from the deep south & we don't have row houses her, but right after I got married, we moved to Maryland & rented a row house & I loved it!

    Happy SITS Day!

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  16. We found a box of books in the attic as well as some Christmas decorations. Nothing as funny as that! Stopping by from SITS.

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  17. thats hilarious
    Happy SITS day

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  18. Happy SITS day!

    How many times did you read it??

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  19. I wish all instructions came like that, ha!

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  20. Well, that give sitting on the washer a new meaning? Hehe. I felt like a kid reading those instructions. Kinda fun :)

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  21. This is really cool! I love finding old publications, especially advertisements.

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  22. That is completely awesome! They just don't make instruction manuals all zen like anymore. So not the same. LOL

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  23. *LOL* That should be service book for dummies. ;)

    our previous owner among other things left us a half empty birth control packet, rubber boots (the outside kind ;), a barbecue cover oh and tons of doggy doo in the backyard.

    Happy Sits day!

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  24. No, not Pebbles! The girl from the Jetsons!

    Too funny, we're the first owners of our home, so we'll have to be sure to leave something bizarre behind for the next owners! :D

    Happy SITS day! Love renovations so I'll be checking back. :)

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  25. That is too cool! I love vintage but illustrations!

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  26. That is awesome. I love those illustrations. Maybe not the weirdest thing we found, but the thing so heavy we haven't moved it out after 8 years, is a 1940's era Bendix washer/dryer combo in the basement.

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  27. Stopped by to celebrate your blog on your SITS day. This is a cute little manual. It made me smile and reminds me of days gone by. (those fuses that you screw in are scary!!!)

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  28. I love that the service manual has a flower print on it. I agree with the anonymous poster who said you should hang some of these pages in your laundry room--what a great idea!

    Finding things like this must make going through the house so much fun!

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  29. I love the illustrations! I have never found anything too crazy in our house...but we are getting ready for some construction, so who knows???

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  30. So funny! I think it's also pretty odd that at the time that must have been printed that they used an Asian looking cartoon. Must have been a forward thinking company! Pretty cool!

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  31. He does look like he's meditating on the washer top!!

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  32. You should have kept it and sell it on ebay. it looks like antique.

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  33. I wish all instruction books were that easy to read.

    Stopping by from SITS

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  34. What, no Spanish, French and German directions? Don't you just love the clear, concise and colorful directions?

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  35. Awesome! Now I have to go find out what the #1 thing was. This was a great find!

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  36. "I thought only women sat on washer lids while looking blissed-out"

    LOL! Naughty naughty!

    Happy SITS Day!

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  37. that is pretty great! we purchased an old cabin with a strange smell only to find out the previous owner had put nests around the house with actual eggs in them. pretty nasty!
    stopping by from sits...congrats on your big day!

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  38. The girl in the first illustration looks kind a bit like Judy Jetson.

    We found some old newspapers in the walls, but they weren't this interesting. You never know what you'll find renovating an older house...

    Stopping by to say Happy SITS Feature Day!

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  39. That would be fun to find and look at. I don't think I've ever found anything that wasn't junk...

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  40. Oh wow...looks like circa 1968...am I close? The one that came with my machine was in Chinese. I would love to trade you. lol

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  41. No fair. Why didn't I get one of these with my new computer?

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  42. Those colors are still so crisp.

    I found old receipts in the attic of a friends house (I will explore any attic given the chance). They were from stores in town during the 1950s (house was built in the late '50s). I also found a random bill and was able to look up the family that lived here. The mother was a teacher and there were three kids (after newspaper and internet searches). I love researching the families attached to the homes. The older and more challenging the better!

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  43. I still have wonderfully happy/giddy spooky memories of my first house with an attic, there was even a second locked door within the attic with a big scary war-time poster on it that always gave me the h.jeebies! But being I was only 4-6 at the time, I don't remember much of what was found in there... well, except for the BATS!! eeeeek!

    p.s. If it's not too late, I say get some amazingly good copies of the pages and frame THOSE, and stash the real thing, intact, for the next owner... or if you're in a bind, sell it on ebay! But NEVER cut up the original... it's not nice to those that come later on - they deserve a chance to find Dr Service in all his glory (...and even his more intimate zen moments!) =o

    ~Mara

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