I’m sorry to have to do this to you. I really am. It’s just that I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t let this stuff sit in the box any longer out in our entryway. It was just resting there looking at me, every single time I walked into and out of the house.
A few weeks back, we brought some recyclables down to the town hall to put in the recycling bins. While we were there, I noticed a box full of books that someone was trying to get rid of. Oftentimes, folks will use the small recycling shed as an area to leave items of value for others to pick up and take home with them. In the past, I’ve acquired some treasures. Usually just odd glass containers that we use as small planters. There were a few other weird things that I took and thought I would use, but never did. I try not to grab too much. I like to keep this place as neat as possible.
Anyway, as we were browsing through the pile of books in the box after we got home, one of us noticed a smaller box that was labeled, Avon President Lincoln Deep Woods After Shave. Like anyone with blood flowing through their veins, this find piqued my interest. Upon further examination, I found that a company inside of the good ol’ US of A, at one time, had created an after shave in the name of one of our presidents. I found this incredible. I was delighted.
The photo at the top of this post is of the statue that holds the actual after shave. This next picture is of one side of the box.
And here is the lid of the box with the name on it, just so you know that I’m not messing around here.
After I popped the head off the statue, I found the cap for the after shave. I took that off too and gave what was inside a whiff. Let me tell you, it smells exactly as you think it would smell. Actually, it smells just like every other after shave from 1979 smelled. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.
How do I know this stuff is from 1979? Well, I just did a quick online search for it, to make sure it wasn’t a current item out there on the market. I found a few ads on Ebay that are trying to get $19.95 for the very same thing. They call it “vintage” and “collectible.” I really had no idea.
I just did another search and found an ad on Etsy. This time, the person asked for $25 and got it! The Abe Lincoln after shave sold! Why do I feel important right now?
The bottle is pretty heavy. I think it might be made out of real metal. Do you want to know where it is right now? Yes, that’s right. On my shelf looking down at me as I type this very post. Take a look.
I don’t want to make this post entirely about Abe Lincoln. With that in mind, I’ll show you some photos of another book we found inside of the box. Check out my new Curious George Rides a Bike book.
It’s in really good shape. It says on the inside that this particular book is from the 11th printing in 1971. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s cool. Take a look at some of the inside pages.
I don’t know which new toy I should play with first. Perhaps I’ll just let them both sit for a while while I think about it.
I really hope you enjoyed this post. I had fun writing it.