An Italian deli in downtown Longmont, Colorado, is now offering much more than food to its customers, as the owner has displayed a large number of antique items which date back to 1879, the year of construction.
Visitors to Racheli’s Italian Deli are welcome to come along and browse the historical artefacts, providing any information they may have about the history of the building.
The building on Main Street has been occupied by various types of business, along with a newspaper company and a boarding house. It’s also believed that the building has been used as residential premises during its existence. In more recent years, the ground floor has been used by various businesses but the second floor has remained locked for around 40 years.
Although Racheli discovered a lot of rubbish and debris on the second floor, he also found rare bottles, a collection of shoes, shoe horns, a souvenir thermometer that had been purchased from the Chicago World Fair in 1933, glass jars dating back to 1915 and much more. A coin was among the most unusual discoveries, stamped with “good for one loaf of bread”. Personal notes, papers and items which were used by previous inhabitants were also discovered, including a photo of an actress which may have been saved by a boarding house tenant.
Antique items, including furniture like antique dining tables , can all reveal the history of a building or a family. A reputable antiques dealer may be able to help collectors discover a little more about items which are on display there.
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