Anyone who has the chance to go through an old house knows there's always the possibility of finding something pretty cool. It might not necessarily be worth a lot of money, but that doesn't mean it won't have sentimental value. 

However, every once in a while, someone lucky enough will come across an item that could potentially hold some sort of financial worth — especially if it's related to a major historical event. 


That is what happened to Imgur user doggetofftheqcekmty when they stumbled upon an old box in their grandpa's closet.

At first glance, it doesn't seem like anything special, right? 

And, as you can see, even when it was opened, the contents of the box were pretty lackluster, to say the least.

A few pieces of rolled up paper rarely amount to anything groundbreaking.


The rolls ended up being a series of diplomas made out to various people in doggetofftheqcekmty's family.

"High school diplomas of Grandpa, Great Grandpa, and Great Uncle. Neat, but only to my family."

However, they then realized the top portion of the box could be removed, and more treasures were hidden underneath it.

Again, it may not look all that interesting at first — after all, it does appear to just be more paper documents that anyone outside the family wouldn't care about.


But once the items were removed from their secret hiding spot, doggetofftheqcekmty quickly realized they were dealing with something much more significant than their family's personal keepsakes. 

History buffs: get ready to be impressed!

Inside grandpa's seemingly boring wooden box was a huge collection of newspapers and magazines from some of the biggest moments in American history. 

It was basically a historical goldmine of gripping headlines and breaking news stories.


From the death of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 to the moon landing in 1969 to the American bicentennial in 1976, the items doggetofftheqcekmty discovered spanned over a century of historical events.

And even though the paper about Lincoln was a reprint, it would still be amazing to hold a copy of that moment in time in your hands.

The oldest legitimate newspaper in the collection is from 1891, and while doggetofftheqcekmty isn't sure what its significance is, a commenter pointed out that it may have to do with a family wedding.

"For the record, that random oldest paper with no major headlines was probably from your great grandparents wedding date. It's old tradition."


Other newspaper headlines include the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, the assassination of JFK in 1963, and the end of both World War I and World War II. 


While no one is sure what type of financial value these pieces of paper have, the fact that doggetofftheqcekmty found them and understands their historical significance is important.

Hopefully they will be handled properly and potentially displayed somewhere for others to learn from and admire!


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