Our back steps project is going rather slowly (since the discovery of hardwood floors on the landings and my subsequent apathy toward the hard work of refinishing them). But, when I was tearing out the trim back there in order to remove the linoleum floors, I did discover this:
This was stamped on the back of the oak baseboard. It reads:
District of Cook County, Illinois
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Organized 1881 Registered 1903
A little history of the stamp here.
There’s something beautiful about that, huh? Something that makes that oak baseboard even more worth restoring. You can’t find that at Lowe’s!