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Artefacts from Great-Aunt Bessie's Attic

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Items found Possible significance
Family photographs  
Diaries by Great-Aunt Bessie, from 1923 to her death in 2002  
Eaton's catalogues dating back to the 1920s  
Land deeds for Grampa John's farm  
Tax returns dating back to the 1920s  
School textbooks from the 1920s and 1930s  
Trunk full of clothing from the 1920s to the 1940s  
Copies of Emily Carr paintings, painted by Great-Aunt Bessie, that are nearly identical to the originals  
Love letters exchanged between Great-Aunt Bessie and an Asian male, written between 1940 and 1952  
Newspaper clippings from the 1980s  
Drafts of editorials on social attitudes in the 1950s in Great-Aunt Bessie's handwriting, but signed William Butler  
Forged stamps from the 1930s to the 1950s that are of poor quality  
Tools and equipment used to create forged stamps  
A television set (in working order) from the mid-1950s  

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