I've found letters, photos of children taken in elementary school and pipes among the needles, safety pins, and thread.
Here's some of my favorite finds thus far:
This is a cool contraption, its a clear wheel placed on an orange wheel with grooves. You stick your needles in a whole in the clear wheel part. When you move the clear wheel, the hole opens up above grooves with the needles in it and then you can pour the needles out.
This point is used to make holes in fabric so you can put in a snap, etc.
This is the coolest find of all. I found this really old measuring take in this cooler mini cigar box. Cute!!!
Going through a sewing box is such an emotional, lovely experience for me. What were these woman experiencing 40 years ago with their families? Makes you wonder.