Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by rockgor, May 29, 2015.
A few pics from the past. How many can you identify? And how many do
Hi Rock, The first looks like a skate key, don't know the second. The third is a platform rocker? fourth, a washboard? I remember them all! (If that's what they are). I used to roller skate, had several platform rockers and grandma had a wash board, also called a scrub board. GB
Very good, GB. The skate keys I remember from my yute looked slightly
different than the pic, but I couldn't find a good picture. The one I
posted looks pretty similar to a key that winds a clock too.
The mysterious red wheel is a toy that appeared around 1950. It's called a
Whee Lo. The wheel is magnetic. It goes up and down the track, but never
falls off. My mother loved that toy. She gave us kids one every year for 4 or 5
Christmases. It was good for fiddling around with while you were watching
TV or talkin' on the phone.
Yes, Item three is a platform rocker. I haven't seen one since I left home.
Ours had belonged to our German grandmother. Himmel Uber!
Item four is a plate shelf. It just looks like an ordinary shelf. Couldn't find a
better pic. Anyhoo we had one in our old house. It ran around the room a
couple feet below the ceiling. Held decorative items like plates. My mother kept
cruets and some silver jars and dried flowers and miscellaneous stuff up there.
You couldn't really study all the stuff without running the risk of a neck ache.
And, yes, the final item is a scrub or wash board. We had one hanging in the
back porch. I think my mother used it once every year or two on my dad's
I looked on the net. You can still buy a scrub board; around $40. The ones
used for heavy laundry and the ones used in country bands are the same. I
found one site that would sell you the board and toss in a couple thimbles
in case you wanted to be musician. Note: a scrub board is a percussion
instrument; same category as the drums and cymbals and bells.
Hope you're having a good day; well, good as it gets for us. LOL
Rock, Those were interesting. I enjoy looking at things from days of yore, days of my too.
I also had one of those plate racks years ago.
I can't imagine having a scrub board for a musical instrument, or a jug either.
I enjoyed reading this thread. I got in too late to guess. Way to go, GB!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here's one I found:
PS: I found one more pic:
Good to see your smiling face. Pic number 2 that you posted is a coffee grinder.
My mother had an old one that was no longer used. She kept it on an end table
in the living room as an ornament. Looked pretty much like this.
Pic number one is a barrel. Are we supposed to guess what's in it? It looks
like it it might be in a cellar. Does it contain vinegar? When my Dad was
young he worked in a general store. Modern packaging was still in the future.
Customers would come in and ask for a dime's worth of cheese. He'd cut a
chunk from a big wheel. They would bring their own bottle. He'd go to
the basement and fill the bottle from the vinegar barrel. Charge 'em a
dime. Crackers and cookies came in big packages. People could reach in
and pick out a dozen or whatever.
In those days women baked their own bread. The only customers who bought
bread at the store were bachelors. He remembered when bread sliced
and wrapped by the bakery became available.
BTW, I recently came across Indiana University of Pennsylvania in a news
article. I thought it was a printer's error. Turns out there really is such a
place. Wikipedia explains that the name is due to the fact that it's
located in Indiana County which is in the State of Pennsylvania.
Here's something we used to have in our kitchen. Don't see these anymore.
It's a bread box. Some big ones could hold two loaves.
GB, do you still have a platform rocker?
I read that they were an improvement over
the old fashioned rockers which tended to move around and
could damage the floor over time.
Hi Rock --
You got it -- for the coffee grinder!!
I enjoyed the pics of the grinders that I saw. I could understand putting one on display.
But, alas, the other pic is not a barrel! 'Tis something else.
I have a bread box. Oak. Holds 2 loaves of bread.
Yep, we have an Indiana, PA. Also a California, PA.
Were you the one who mentioned something about DUQUESNE, the other day? If so, we have a Duquesne.
One of the most famous pics of "Duquesne" is the INCLINE. Takes you up to the top of Mt. Washington, and back.
Keep on guessing, my friends!
Well, if it's not a barrel, maybe it's some sort of churn. But it's made from
a barrel. When I was a social worker in N. Minnesota, some poor families
had stoves made from a 50 galleon barrel. They burned wood. Every family
had a chain saw. N. Minnesota is not farming country. All woods and lakes.
Looked up the Duquesne Incline.
It's a tram car or funicular like Angels Flight here in Los Angeles. Ours
is only 2 blocks long. Just read a detective thriller about 2 bodies found
on the train. (There are only 2 cars. When one goes up, the other goes
Remember the old Italian song Funiculi, Funicula? A very cheerful ditty.
anyway it was written about the same time the Duquesne Incline was
built. The Italians built a funicular on Mt. Vesuvius. There was probably
a lot of Pomp and Circumstance at the ceremony. Did I ever tell
you I'm inclined to like your posts? Ha Ha!
Diane et al,
Could that number one I think it was that Rock got wrong be a butter churn? It looks a little different than ones I have seen though with the churn or crank on the side instead of the t0p.
Hugz, to all,
Yep, we had a rocker chair like that, our dog kept getting his paw in between then we got rid of it...
We also had coffee grinders like that. That washboard looks very new.
That key looks familiar, is it of a gramophone?
I give co-winner-ship to Rock and Granni!!! Rock it is a barrel/churn. Granni it is a butter churn.
Here's something interesting -- antique -- I found while browsing the internet. I can't find a pic to post (they are all copyrighted), so I'll just give you the link to wiki commons:
I never heard of a "Singing Bird Box." Have you?? They are very pretty, and from what I could find on the net, very expensive!
Hey Rock, I'm "inclined" to like your posts too! LOL
Yup. Them bird boxes is elegant and expensive. A year or two back I read a
mystery novel about people who collect these things. Of course collectors
always want what's rare and expensive. There was a plot full of action including
conniving, thievery and murder. (Sorry I can't remember the name of the book.
Couldn't find it on the net either.)
There are lots of mechanical singing birds on Youtube. Here's another. I
also found some automatons that are pretty pricey. Karl Griesbaum who
made singing bird boxes also made singing birds in cages. His figure of
a whistling Charlie Chaplin was about 13 inches high and sold at auction
for $1410 a decade ago. Griesbaum opened his shop in Triborg, Germany
in 1905. (For those of you who did not have a German grossmutter as I
did, "Triborg" can be translated as three borgs.)
Granni and Soul, drop by more often. Soul, according to the site where I
found the picture of the key, it was a skate key. But skate keys looked a
little different than that when I was a kid. Alas, that was the only pic I
Well! Youtube won't let the video be seen anywhere but Youtube.
OK, so go there and search for "mechanical singing bird boxes".
I couldn't copy the image of the $1400 Chaplin figurine, but I
was able to copy this one. It's half the size. Cheaper too. 99 cents.
Oh, there you go, Diane. How come posting the video here worked
for you and not for me. Ratbane! Did you notice? Almost all of
the singing bird boxes videos are posted by the same guy. Apparently
he repairs and restores them as well as selling them on E Bay.
Here's one I found on YouTube:
My volume is on 100% on my speakers, and my cats are looking EVERYWHERE for the BIRD!!!!!!!!
LOL LOL LOL LOL
Just had to share. I never thought the singing bird boxes would be on YouTube. But then again -- isn't "almost everything" on YouTube??? LOL
PS: Rock -- I just listened to the first video I found on YouTube. Then I did a test post, to see if it would play. Then I did an edit, to add my text.
Ah, the wonders of computers .............. LOL
Hi Rock, Diane, Granni, and Soul. It's great to see so many posting on this thread. I really enjoy these pics. Some of these items are actually older than I am!
I've had many bread boxes. They don't seem to keep bread as fresh as I'd like it though. My last one is still somewhere in the garage. It has a Heartland theme. I have all those Heartland dishes, etc.
The coffee grinder looked so familar but I couldn't quite remember what it was. I've seen butter churns but they looked different. When we visitied my grandmother's family on the farm many, many years ago they were still using one.
Rock, I read 'Angel's Flight' a couple of months ago. I've read all of Michael Connelly's books. I especially like the Harry Bosch series. Mysteries are my favorites.
I don't still have my platform rocker. I had several many years ago. They are very comfortable. It's like a glider porch swing. Very soothing. I used to sit in my rocker and listen to records on my little hi fi. Great memories! GB
HI gb66, et al - That is funny about seeing pictures older than you. Just guessing that I am older than you but of course not sure. Rock and I are about the same age so we remember a lot of the same things ( or don't remember them ) !!
The butter churns that I remembered were the upright ones with the paddle thing that went up and down ( I think). The one that was posted, I guess by Diane was on its side with a handle that turned. I never saw one used but had seen many pictures of ones that were used during that time. I do love these games but I cannot always get on the computer and often chores and other things get in the way unfortunately ):!! I didn't grow up on a farm so I had actually never saw one used and we had grocery stores not to far away to shop at. It is very interesting though I think to see how things were used and made back then and all they had to go through to get the food ,drinks , clothing, etc. needed for the family - lots of sewing, knitting, etc. too. I have to remember to keep checking on this board to see if I remember something enough to give an answer to one of the pictures that doesn't sound to stupid.
Diane - So glad to see you posting more around here and I know you love these games. I do too but to much happening sometimes. Please stay well dear and Kevin too.
I will try and get back here again sooner rather than later !!!
Hugz to you and awl,
Granni, nice to see you dropping in. I think you and GB and I are all about
the same age. Old enough to do whatever we want, but too old (and feeble) to
actually do it. Ha Ha! There is a split infinitive in that last sentence, but at our
age we don't have to worry much about breaking a few rules now and then.
You're right about how hard the pioneers had to work. Some of the Laura
Ingalls Wilder books go into detail about all the work there was to do
in the home and on the farm.
GB, I read books on various topics. But most of them are mysteries or show
biz. I just found a new writer of mysteries-thrillers-detective stories. His
name is Miles Corwin. He was a reporter for the LA Times. Has written some
non fiction and two thrillers. The one I'm reading is titled Kind of Blue
which I think is also the title of a blues or jazz piece.
Favorite mystery writers are: Robert B Parker, Jonathan Kellerman,
Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Patricia Cornwell, and Ed McBain
(who also wrote novels using the name Evan Hunter). Hunter became
instantly famous with his first book which was made into the movie
that was the first to include a Rock and Roll song: Rock Around the Clock.
1955 I'd be thrilled if I were just some small percent as healthy now
as I was then. And wouldn't we all?
Granni, I will be 75 in a few months. I still can't believe I'm that old! My youngest child is 49. Wow. I just finished making a birthday card for my great granddaughter's 14th birthday. She's my oldest daughter's grandchild. If I can hold out a few more years, I may see a gggrandchild. Imagine that!
I never lived on a farm either but my grandmother grew up on one. I visited there a couple of times when I was a kid. I loved it. Got to drive a mule cart, use an outhouse, gather eggs from under the chickens, and chase guinea hens. Best food I've ever eaten though. All farm fresh. GB
Rock, My favorite mystery writers are Nelson DeMille, J. Kellerman, D. Baldacci, and M. Connelly. I also like some of Mary Higgins Clarks and Sue Grafton. I've read P. Cornwell too. Most of hers are good.
Was the movie with Rock Around the Clock 'Blackboard Jungle? GB
gb66 - Gee, now nice to see there are more of us more mature people on this board !!! Not sure what to call us any more. I too visited the farm of one of my mom's aunts when I was a little girl in Delaware. The only thing I can remember is when someone cut of the head of a duck or goose and we had it for supper. Don't know if you ever saw saw a duck, goose or chicken running around without a heads. I did and it was really weird and I wasn't to hungry after I saw that. It was very greasy though. I think it was a goose or a duck. I doubt if we were there very long so do not remember many of the meals. It probably would have been good if I hadn't seen that headless bird hopping up and down . Not good for a little kid like me who had been rather sheltered in this regard.
Rock - Sorry but I have not read a lot of those books . I seem to read more non fiction, biographies and autobiographies. " Rock around the clock" MIGHT have been from Blackboard Jungle but I am not positive.
Gotta run and get ready to go out to a birthday dinner tonight.
Hugz to you and all,
Yup, you guys are right. The film was Blackboard Jungle. I meant to
include the name in my post, but my mind is now so confusiated I frequently
leave out stuff I meant to post.
When I was in my 50s, a therapist told me I was a perfectionist. Was news
to me. After I thought about it, I decided he was right. My parents had 4
kids. They were not happy with any of us. That seems to be the cause of
the problem. It also pretty much guarantees low self esteem for life.
Another therapist told me if you don't acquire self esteem while a child,
you never will no matter what you accomplish.
At any rate, I am less demanding now; of myself and also other people.
With regard to farm animals, my relatives (many of whom were farmers)
said you never name an animal that you plan to sell or slaughter.
Separate names with a comma.