I recently acquired an old house from my daughter, whose stepmother had gone over the place top to bottom, stem to stern, and declared that it pre-dates the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. When we re-did the roof we found confirmation in that the trap door was obviously not part of the original construction but was added later. (The Moxham area where the house is located became part of Johnstown after the Great Flood, and because of the flood the city mandated trap doors in all roofs so that people could escape in case of flood.)
That's the background. Now for the mystery.
I moved in to a house with truly hideous, pet-abused carpet and decided that the carpet has got to go. I ripped up a bunch of carpet in what will become my kitchen and found it was glued to subfloor. I've been tearing up subfloor to find ugly yellow flooring (vinyl? linoleum?) made to look like carpeting. Under that I found green tile squares in a marble-look pattern. And between the green tile and the hardwood -- a layer of newspaper! I only uncovered about a square foot of it (Date: February 28, 1943) before my friend demanded that I stop because, she said, an archeologist would want to explore this.
I'm not sure archeologists are interested in newspapers under the floor tile, but I certainly am.
1. What's with the newspaper?
2. If the entire floor is covered with the newspaper, is there any way I can preserve it, perhaps under a layer of polyurethane, to have a truly unique kitchen floor? If so, how?