I was delivering to a house being renovated this week (my real job is driving a truck delivering roof and gutter) and noticed newspaper screwed up in the old part of the frame and thought I’d check the date.
I could see a Valiant car add on the first piece I pulled out, but as I tried to straighten out the page it just crumbled into a thousand pieces and blew out of my hand. Being extra careful with the next page, I could see the corner showing the date which read “Page 30 – The Herald, Fri., Aug. 16 1968” and a column heading “Sandown Park Guide Cont.” (horse or greyhound racing guide). That page started to crumble and fall apart too, but I managed to snap a couple of photos with my iPhone before it was no more.
This is from a time before I was born, so I cant help but try to imagine what it was like building a house in 1968, before there was modern workplace safety laws and when suburban Melbourne was a very different place. I also wonder why builders 47 years ago stuffed screwed up newspaper into wall cavities – was that the only form of insulation?!
Picture of the old newspaper date was originally posted to my Instagram.