Young couple renovating 108-year-old house make 'incredible find'

·Associate News Editor
·2-min read

You'd expect a 108-year-old house to be full of character, but one young couple have got more than they bargained for after purchasing their new family home.

They purchased the home after the male occupant had died and his wife was in a home, meaning hoards of old belongings were left behind, the wife explained on Reddit.

With a big renovation job on their hands, the couple went about ripping up the dated decor and transforming the expansive property in the US state of Michigan.

The box was found inside one of the many rooms of the 108-year-old house. Source: Reddit/ _planties
The box was found inside one of the many rooms of the 108-year-old house. Source: Reddit/ _planties

But when rummaging through the belongings left behind in one of the rooms, they potentially unearthed a fascinating insight into the home's rich history and those who live there.

She shared a photo of a large cardboard box with multiple Victoria-era portraits inside.

"That's how creepy movies start," one person commented.

The wife agreed, saying she was left alone often as her husband worked away, while the dozens of dolls left behind looking out of a window didn't help.

A selection of the portraits discovered. Source: Reddit/ _planties
A selection of the portraits discovered. Source: Reddit/ _planties

Grim old trend potentially found in photos

And on closer inspection, the photos became even eerier.

"I totally think that some of the folks in these picture are already dead," she said, explaining she believed the family had propped up the deceased for one last picture – a popular act in the Victorian era known as "mourning tableaux" as photography became more affordable.

Despite the morbid detail, the wife said she planned to hang the photos along a staircase wall.

She said she had met the grandson of the man who originally built the home and planned to share the pictures with him to see if they could unearth more information.

Many gushed over her discovery, with one person describing the pictures as an "incredible find".

"What a great treasure to find in your home," another said.

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