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Downtown building yields rare treasure

Rare tobacco ad was likely painted in 1890 or 1891

6:18 PM, Apr. 7, 2014

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When workers began renovating the second floor of the former Conkey's building in downtown Appleton, new owner Will Weider joked with them, "When you find the Rembrandt, let me know."

A rare, hand-painted artifact was, in fact, hidden in the wall.

"There's something back there," said Weider's wife, Pam, noticing a chink in the plaster. She began chipping away, and first thought it was a sign for a doctor's office when she could see the letters spelling "ouch." Turns out it was a perfectly preserved ad for Mail Pouch chewing tobacco. The sign was painted on the outside side of the building next ...

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