WAY Off Topic: Trip through time in my parent's attic

xjohnx

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My grandfather passed away 20+ years ago. A bunch of his old boxes have been in my parent's attic for years. I was in the attic this evening looking for something unrelated and stumbled across some pretty cool stuff (the best for last) Has anyone else have a similar experience?

His WWII dogtags (photoshopped minorly):
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This is the first watch my grandmother ever bought my Grandfather. Hamilton watch from the mid to early 1930's, including the original box and manual.

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Original manual:
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Original box:
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A watch that he purchased my grandmother dated back to 1936:
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and the most interesting find of the night was a certificate stating that my Grandfather was a "32nd degree Master of the Royal Secret" Freemason. Can anyone familiar with Freemasonry explain to me what this means? Here's the certificate, and a pin that seems to be related to it.

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He was a Mason and probably a Shriner as well. If I told you anymore well then you know I'd have to...

My grandfather has some cool stuff in his basement. He had a swing band back in the 30's. Possibly was the first talent on TV, but I havent done all the research on this. He was an engineer for General Electric when they were pioneering TV. There would be no film as this was televised and not recorded. He also handmade a fiddle that he would play until his death 15 years ago.
 
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