Some home renovations are done out of necessity in order to repair something or to increase the safety and well-being of the residents. Other times, the homeowners simply want to revamp their living space by improving it aesthetically.
The latter was the case when imgur user Daggerleep was hired to transform a basement into a wine cellar. The canadian construction worker would be tackling a home renovation in vancouver island along with his boss.
It was there that he discovered something that defied all odds. Daggerleep titled his story on imgur. I found something neat: the ambiguous title attracted other inger users who were drawn to the story.
The wine cellar was made from sandstone and reclaimed, brick, meaning that the bricks were not new but were being reused from older buildings.
Daggerleep wondered where these reclaimed bricks had come from and that’s when he noticed something as Daggerleep began. Taking a closer look at the vintage bricks he was working with, he noticed something that would be vital in figuring out where they were from.
Symbols appeared on some of the bricks, meaning that they were stamped. These markings are sometimes used on bricks to indicate what manufacturing company produced them.
The vancouver island homeowners had decided to use old bricks to achieve a rustic look in their wine cellar, while the choice may have been fueled by the look of the bricks, it ended up putting Daggerleep in a position to discover something amazing.
According to brick, architecture bricks have been around since 7000 bc as one of the oldest building materials on record. It’s fascinating to consider all of the places that any one brick could have been.
Location played,a role in where the earliest bricks could be made. Initially, they needed to dry in the heat of the sun, which meant that cooler, climates, weren’t, appropriate for the material around 3000 years after bricks were first created.
Romans discovered how to make fired bricks. This changed the game entirely as they could now produce and use bricks. In cooler climates around the world, the romans popularized brick making throughout europe and the rest is history.
When the colonists arrived in america, they brought the art of brick making with them which had flourished in europe. Throughout the medieval era. The first brick buildings in america appeared in virginia around 1611.
Almost 300 years later, the industrial revolution caused brick production to skyrocket, as such bricks became commonplace in much of american architecture.
Fun fact: 10 million bricks were used in the construction of the empire state building in new york.
Given the rich history of bricks and how they came to north america, it makes sense why Daggerleep was so eager to delve into the history of the bricks he was working with, especially since all of the information he needed was right there in the stand.
Daggerleep was able to successfully locate the brick symbols through an online database. The stamp indicated that the brick had been made by the illinois, brick company, which became inactive back in 1938.
The company had opened in 1900, which meant that this particular brick had been around. For approximately a century as a construction worker, Daggerleep had likely worked with bricks many times. So what made this one so special that he felt the urge to deep dive into its history? Daggerleep went on to discover much more than merely the bricks history.
Although learning, where it came from, was fascinating in its own right trying to wrap his mind around how this brick made it from the midwest of america all the way up to an island in canada, Daggerleep became even more dumbfounded when he discovered something inside of the Brick, he had casually gone to pick up the brick one day and a large chunk at the end of it fell completely off.
It was then that he saw that something had been inside this brick for quite some time inside the brick was an old key.
Being that the key was inside the brick, it clearly had fallen into the brick while it was still wet. What we do know for sure is that someone likely a manufacturer had dropped their key in a place.
It wouldn’t be found until now being that it was inside a brick that had been made sometime in the early 1900s. The key had to have been about a century old as well just imagine working in a factory and losing your key one day.
We suspect that the worker probably knew it was a goner. The moment they lost it. He could have even watched his key fall into the brick mixture, knowing that there’d be no use digging for it once it got mixed in. Daggerleep joked that the moment was akin to the movie national treasure. He wrote that the key either belonged to a factory worker or that i am about to embark on an adventure as grand as national treasure
Two commanders echoed his humorous tone. Writing things like looks like you’re keyed up for a mystery, and now you must find the door that it opens, though finding the door would be more or less impossible.
Discovering an old, tiny key like that is treasure enough. One imgur user commented on Daggerleep‘s story saying that he too worked on a seller once for a client, apparently the man they worked for, bought an entire building in italy just to knock it down and use its bricks for his seller in the united states.
Some people love history, so much that they’re willing to go to great lengths for something they find fascinating. If you have the money, why not transport the parts of old building to a different continent, one imgur user, commented that chicago was a major producer of bricks. At the time they mentioned that the state was so well known for manufacturing bricks that the product was sometimes called chicago brick.
This detail certainly explains why the brick was produced in illinois. Still, the odds of it popping up in a different country seem astounding, not to mention how incredible it is that out of all the bricks Daggerleep could have picked. He chose the one with a key in it.