Newspaper Insulation – I heard there was an old broken down log cabin out at an overgrown homestead. It was a clear winter day and the anticipation of excitement was in the air. We found the place and could tell it had been visited many times previously. Everything of collectible value had been carted off. I found big sections of insulation or wallpaper still covering some wall sections. Upon further inspection I learned the occupants, way back near the first of the century, had used the newspapers to insulate the walls. In the papers were ads for kerosene lamps, heaters, stoves, clothing, and best of all, used cars for sale in the $15-$25 range. I wish I had saved the old musty paper segments, but I didn’t. I was wondering if using newspapers as insulation was a common practice back then.
I could have had a scrapbook full of history, but I didn’t save the “wall insulation”.