Imagine My Surprise!

@Morleyhunt (19750)
Canada
June 8, 2016 8:10pm CST
Coincidence! This afternoon I accompanied my husband to his dentist's appointment. I have not been to this office before. It is in an older Victorian brick home located in the city I live outside. As we walked into the lobby, the first thing I spotted was the staircase to the second floor. My jaw dropped! That is the same staircase that was in my parents home. Sitting in the large waiting room, facing the receptionists desk, I commented that the pillars reminded me of my older sisters first apartment, also located in an old Victorian home. The wood work brought a smile to my face. I looked at the children's play area set up in front of a fireplace. Now, I was flabbergasted. The mantle was also identical to the one found in my parents home. The tile work was a a different colour, but the same tile. The insert had been removed, but otherwise it was the same. What were the odds? My parents home was built in around 1908. I'm not sure when this one was built, but I would assume in the same era. My guess is, they shopped at Eatons as well....old Eatons catalogues show these fixtures available for mail order.
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
So that's understandable why they are similar because they were ordered there . I thought your parents had it customized for their house , so somehow it will not be copied .
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
My parents bought the home in 1964.....it had been built in 1908-10 not sure of the exact dates.....but in some research the entire house might have been ordered from the Eatons Catalogue.....the things you learn.
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
10 Jun 16
@Morleyhunt Wow, by this time it would have been an antique house .
• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jun 16
What an odd coincidence that was for you, @MorleyHunt.
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@akalinus (15752)
• United States
9 Jun 16
Maybe sort of like 'deja vu.' I know it is a foreign word but there is no equivalent for it in English.
@Platespinner (16505)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
9 Jun 16
I've seen the fireplace tile elsewhere before, but never anything else. That's actually pretty cool!
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
I'm sitting beside this fireplace saying to my husband....it's the same....he says....no....it can't be....so I pointed out all the features....he still wasn't convinced....now I spent hours last night wasting time.....check out this photo.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
9 Jun 16
@Morleyhunt ...for the whopping sum of $34.00. Your other half might not be convinced, but that definitely looks like the mantel I grew up with!
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
@Platespinner that time I wasted online was not as easy as I expected....there must be some shortcuts in place, but even the house might have been ordered from the Eatons catalogue.
@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun 16
I can see how that would have surprised you, it must have been odd seeing it.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
I'm still having trouble getting my mind around it. I have been seeing my parents fireplace for 50 plus years. You never actually look that closely at something you see daily. Now that the house is sold I wish I could go back and look again.
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@akalinus (15752)
• United States
9 Jun 16
Do you suppose it could be your parent's home? Or just has some of the same features? Maybe there is a way to find out about the history of that house. It must have a prospectus.
@gr8nana6 (2194)
• United States
15 Jun 16
@Morleyhunt I bet looking at all the items that were like in your parents home, surely brought back some happy memories.
@gudheart (12752)
11 Jun 16
Must had been strange seeing that!
@paigea (22199)
• Canada
10 Jun 16
I can see being taken by surprise at seeing that. I am sure it brought back great memories.
• United States
9 Jun 16
what a treasure to've seen! reckon that means that jest's today, many homes back then were built with the same "basics".
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
Amazing! You have a lot of patience to research this.
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
Is it possible that your parents had it customized from the same person. Well, at least your hours isn't one of the kind.
@koopharper (6284)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
Wow. I had never seen any of that stuff anywhere else before and I thought I'd been in a lot of Victorian homes. It can't be very common.
@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jun 16
Haha. Maybe there are a lot of these houses around, all outfitted from Eatons.
@DeborahDiane (21675)
• Laguna Woods, California
9 Jun 16
What a pleasant surprise! I love it when things bring back old, fond memories!
@hereandthere (31119)
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
it says a lot about the raw material and workmanship of old things to make them last decades.
@carebear29 (28586)
• Wausau, Wisconsin
9 Jun 16
Cute picture
@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
Surprisingly odd to see like the same stuff. Maybe more.of amazement ;)
@GardenGerty (99389)
• United States
9 Jun 16
I think on this side of the border the parts would have come from Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Wards.
@josie_ (7348)
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
Must have been a pleasant surprise, bringing back nostalgic memories.
@Jdaw1985 (4003)
• Harrells, North Carolina
9 Jun 16
I bet that was great and took you back and gave you some great memory's.