Inglewood Craftsman Home

Restoring our 1906 home in Inglewood CA on a budget

Found Objects

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During our second walk-through before purchasing the home, I noticed some rusty old bottle openers hanging from one of the eaves in the basement (are they eaves in a basement? I’m not an architect). I wanted to take them, but thought I should see if we got the home first!

As soon as we closed, I took the bottle openers off the nail and looked closely at them. One is just a plain rusty one, but two have brewery names on them. We’re so lucky to live in the age of Google; I was able to determine the approximate ages of the openers!

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The three mysterious bottle openers

One says “Put Eastside Inside”. According to a Los Angeles Magazine article, “[Los] Angelenos began guzzling Eastside in 1907… survived Prohibition as near-beer… [then] Pabst Company purchased the brewery in 1948.”
The other says “Acme beer” in a strange font. This illustrated history places the opener from 1907-1954.
The location I found the openers in could indicate that the basement was a speakeasy, which is not terribly surprising considering most California homes (even other craftsman-style bungalows) don’t have basements!

For now, the openers are sitting on the built-in china cabinet in the dining room, but I’d love to have some ideas about what to do with them to display them more prominently!

How the found bottle openers are displayed now

How the found bottle openers are displayed now

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