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Ebay can be a look at Marietta's past

March 14, 2009 - Art Smith
Looking for an eclectic peak into Marietta’s past? Look no further than, the popular online auction site.

I’ve been a long time user of the site. I first purchased something on the site in 2000. Since then I have bought or sold hundreds of items on the site. My own antics on the site will be a topic for a future blog. One thing I have noticed on the site through the years is the fact there tends to be a lot of historical Marietta items up for sale. 

It’s generally a good mix of things; by themselves they provide a interesting view of “things” connected to Marietta’s past.  Post cards are always popular on the site. Many will feature long-gone bridges, buildings and other things in Marietta.   Currently there is a postcard of the old Williamstown Bridge by moonlight on the site. A post card for the Rathbone elm is also currently up for bids.  The tree was once the largest elms in the United States and stood along Muskingum Drive.

Stock certificates for the long defunct Marietta and Cincinnati railroad can normally be found on the site. Like many stocks today, they are worthless except as artwork.

Items connected to the 1957 movie Battle Hymn are always popular. Currently there is a copy of the program from the movie premier on the site. Movie legend Rock Hudson came to town for the show. You can own a piece of it now for a bid of $4.99 plus $2.95 shipping.

Yearbooks from both Marietta High School and Marietta College can normally be found on the site.

I’ve seen Marietta milk bottles, menus from the old Gun Room restaurant, old t-shirts and more on the site.

Click on the link and take a look at what piece of Marietta is currently listed. Be careful, you may end up owning it.


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The Rathbone Elm was once located along Muskingum Drive.


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