By Roma Jorgensen For The Independent During World War II, my dad was a member of the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant’s fire department. Since it was wartime, we couldn’t find a house to rent in Grand Island, so Mom and Dad rented a house in Cairo. I went to kinder- garten and first grade there, and I have lots of memories from those years. One of the strangest is that our house had a small room between the two bedrooms, with small white hexagonal tiles covering the floor. It was obvious it was meant to be a bathroom, but there were no bathroom fixtures. Perhaps the people who built the house ran out of money before they got it fin- ished. We had an outhouse instead. I can remember saving cans, string and foil for the war effort. You had to remove both ends of the can, slip them inside, and then flatten the can. The string was just rolled into a ball. I remember separating the foil from the paper backing used in cigarette packages. (A lot of people smoked in those days — nobody knew any better.) We wrapped the foil into a ball. We stored all our collected stuff in the basement. I recall my black-and-white kitty coming up from the basement with his head and whiskers decorated with cobwebs. I also remember the coal truck coming and dumping coal through a basement window and down a chute into a bin next to the furnace. Dad had to get up earlier than everybody else so he could go down and start a fire in the furnace. The only heat register we had was a round furnace grate near the colonnades between the living and dining rooms. I can remember thinking how smart we were to take our clothes out into the living room and get dressed where it was warm. I don’t remember specifically, but I’m pretty sure that a cook stove in the kitchen was another source of heat. During the war we had coupon books to use if we needed to buy certain things like tires, shoes and sugar. Those things were needed for the war effort, so they were in short supply for ordinary citizens. I also have a lot of mini-memo- ries from school: I always helped Mom clean up the breakfast dishes before I went to school and I wore an apron to protect my school clothes. One day I went to school and was taking off my coat in the cloakroom when I discovered I still had my apron on. I was terribly embarrassed! Another time we were sitting in a circle and talking about safety — one boy said never to touch sharp knives and the teacher confirmed his comment. I felt really superior because I washed and dried sharp knives all the time. There was a boy named Walter who used a big rock to balance the other end of the teeter-totter. I felt sorry for him because he didn’t seem to have anybody to play with him. My teacher was Miss Cornelius and she built a lake in the sandbox with a piece of glass and a piece of foil under it. It really looked like ice and I was intrigued and frustrated that I couldn’t make one at home. Miss Cornelius wore her watch inside her wrist and I wore mine the same way for most of my adult life. Teachers do influence our lives. Dad was home when Line 4 at the Ordnance Plant had an explo- sion, but he was on duty for the cleanup. I remember him saying he found an arm in the rubble. After he said that, we couldn’t get him to say another thing about it. As far as I know, he never did tell any- body any more about it. I remember one May Basket Day when Mom got a sample book of wallpaper and we used it to make cone-shaped double baskets, with a loop in the center for hanging on doorknobs. We filled one side with candy and the other side with lilacs. They were so beautiful. We also had hollyhocks by the alley and we would make dolls out of the blooms. A big bloom upside down for the doll’s skirt and a bud for the top of the body. They were fun to make and fun to play with. My sixth birthday was very special and I remember both sets of grandparents coming. Grand- ma Stobbe was famous for her angel food cakes, so she brought me one. When she took the cake cover off, there was this beautiful cake with a brand new, crisp dollar bill on top of it. How impressive! Grandpa Roszczynialski was a woodworker and he made me a fine desk. It had a sliding drawer inside it and three curved shelves on the right side. I loved it! I can still remember collecting all my color books, crayons, papers, pencils and books and organizing them in this marvelous new place. (I think from the beginning I was meant to be a writer. How many people fondly recall getting a desk for their sixth birthday?) Even more exciting than my birthday was when we celebrated the end of the war on V-E Day (Victory in Europe) on May 8, 1945, and V-J Day (Victory in Japan) on Aug. 15, 1945. 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So how can you tell if your stuff is valuable? “The general rule is that the older the item, themore valuable it is. 1980 is not old. 1960 is kind of old. 1910 is old,” says Al Crisafulli, auc- tion director at Love of the GameAuctions, an internet sports auction house. In one instance, Crisa- fulli determined that a fam- ily’s baseball bat that spent decades beside their front door to protect from intrud- ers, was actually used by Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig — and Love of the Game Auctions sold it for themfor more than $430,000. He is offering these tips to help determine if your items are valuable: Baseball cards Cards fromthe 1960s and earlier are collectible, and those from before the 1940s can be extremely pricey. Do they have sharp corners, no creases and retain original gloss? Do they depict star players andHall of Famers? ABabeRuthorMickeyMan- tle will sell for much more than non-stars. With particularly old cards from the 1880s and early 1900s, look for tobacco and candy brands, such as Old Judge, Piedmont or American Caramel. Memorabilia Look for old advertising posters depicting sports stars and food, tobacco or sporting goods brands. This doesn’t mean ads torn from magazines, but those used as store displays and for other purposes. Tin signs are highly col- lectible from the 1900s into the 1960s, but low-quality re- productionsaren’t. Pre-1950s catcher’s masks, baseball gloves and bats can be valu- able, especially those en- dorsed by star players. Con- dition is important, but used equipment can also be valuable. Postcards Postcards of your vaca- tion destinations likely are worthless. But those depict- ing famous people, such as movie star cards and vin- tage baseball postcards, can be valuable. Look for early “real photo” postcards from the 1900s through the 1940s, which are photographs printed on postcard backs. Nomatter the type, theolder, the better, and the more fa- mous, the better. OldHalloweenorChrist- maspostcards fromtheearly 1900s can be expensive. The same goes for many intri- cate “hold-to-light” post- cards, where portions of scenes light up when held to strong light. Toys Look for famous charac- ters, such as earlyWalt Dis- ney items, superheroes, Star Wars, etc. The most prized toys are those in original condition with no broken pieces and paint intact. And if you have original boxes, you might strike gold. JUNK OR TREASURES? Courtesy photo Your attic probably has its share of junk, but there may be some treasures hidden among all that other stuff.