NY house cleanout company finds 1931 autograph book

June 17, 1931

Dear Alma,

There was a little man and his name is Henry Ford. He took a piece of rubber and took a piece of board. He took a piece of lead and a tin can and put the [?] to gether and the damn thing ran.

Your cellmate,

Audrey Dwyer

My job, running a house cleanout company in New York, just never gets dull.


I found this when I was giving a full house cleanout estimate for a guy who had inherited his grandfather’s house. The new owner (the guy who had inherited the house) was the executor of the estate, which is someone who is responsible for administering the will and make sure that the deceased person’s wishes are met.

As I was looking around the house, I saw all sorts of old items from all different decades. But this autograph book from the 1930s specifically caught my eye because of the funny, albeit interesting, message inside (see above).

It makes you wonder — who were these people? Was signing the note “your cellmate” an inside joke that only they would understand? What does the note mean?

Overall, it gave me a good laugh. And that’s why I love garbage.

DiMola Bros Rubbish Removal
1640 Summerfield St.
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Phone: 718-326-6969
Fax: 718-326-7979
NGDimola@aol.com / http://dimolabros.com

~ by DiMolaBros1956 on September 22, 2012.

2 Responses to “NY house cleanout company finds 1931 autograph book”

  1. The “cell mate” was likely a class mate. I have my grandmother’s from 1929 full of signatures from her High School classmates. All quirky little sayings like that aboe. Seems they used these like we use our High School Yearbooks.

  2. […] the years, we’ve found all sorts of other exciting items: A rare Raphael Soyer painting, an autograph book dating back to 1931, a 1929 budget bank, and a 1910 vintage hot water […]

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