Group discovers piece of history in Carlsbad thrift store

bomb box shelf
wooded and glass shelf made out of bomb boxes from World War 2. Courtesy Carlsbad Current Argus/ Connie Lee

CARLSBAD N.M. (KRQE)– A piece of history has been hidden away for decades and thanks to a construction project it’s been revealed.

It’s a wooded and glass shelf made out of bomb boxes from World War 2.

It was hidden away behind a wall for decades at what’s now The Cat’s Meow Thrift Store in Carlsbad, a group that raises money for spay and neutering and helps with the feral cat problem in the city.

The group was trying to tear down a wall to build more shelves when they discovered there was already a shelf there, a historic one.

The group is still researching the history of the shelf.

They suspect it was built in the 30’s or 40’s at the latest.

They’ve learned that bomb boxes used to transport military ammunition were a popular construction item after the war because the material was so sturdy.

Alrbright says since news broke of the find, their store has been filled with people coming to take a look. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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