Looking Back to See

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by rockgor, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    Looking Back to see History. Can you identify any of these objects or people?






    Well, I was gonna posta couple more pics,but am having technical da-fuge-al-ties
    as my uncle usta say. Anyhoo, see what you make of these.

  2. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, (1) A Calliope

    (3) Davy Crockett

    (4) Geronimo

    Just guessing. GB
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB

    Geronimo! Write With Eversharp! Geronimo died at about age 79 in 1909,
    the same year my father was born. Geronimo was an Apache War Chief. He
    was the son in law of Cochise, another famous Chief.

    Cochise died in 1874, an important year in the history of the Old West. Barbed
    wire was invented and gold was discovered in Dakota Territory. Both events
    contributed to the closing of the Old West. (There was no South or North Dakota
    until 1889 when the territory was divided into two states.)

    I will post more tomorrow. For now I am off to bed to start reading a new
    detective story by an author new to me: Don Winslow. It's
    always fun to find a new author that one is simpatico with.

    Hope you're doing OK.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2015
  4. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi Rock, and all -----

    I'm not very good with history, but I'll try to guess a couple. :)

    Pic Number 2: Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone?? I can't enlarge the pic, but it looks like there's a very very old telephone in the pic.

    Pic Number 5: Grant's Tomb? Not sure about this.


    Fun game, Rock. Had to put on my "thinking cap"!!!! :D

  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    His Diane

    You too are Write With Eversharp! That is Edison in the historic room from where
    the world's first phone call was made. It went to his assistant Tom Watson in the
    next room. I think Tom is in the photo too, although my memory is now so bad
    I can't be sure.

    The telephone was invented in 1876 (Our country's 100th birthday) and Edison
    invented the phonograph the following year. This meant a teenager could not
    immediately call a friend to discuss the new record she'd bought. She had to
    wait a year. More precisely, the first records weren't really records. They were
    cylinders rather than discs. Now and then I've seen some in thrift shops.

    The picture of the owl on the wall was painted by Mabel, Edison's second wife. I
    see other sources indicate her name was Mina. Maybe one was a nickname?)
    Anyhoo she said Tom stayed up all night working like an owl.

    In addition to receiving the first phone call, Watson received the first coast to
    coast call during WW I. From New York to San Francisco. Although there
    was gold in California, there was as yet, no Golden Gate Bridge.

    Grant's Tomb is also correct. Remember the consolation question on Groucho's
    quiz show? Who is buried in Grant's tomb? The answer is Grant, of course,
    but his wife Julia is there too.

    The statue in front of the blue sky and library is of Amelia Earhart. It was
    placed there in 1960, 23 years after Earhart disappeared. Earhart's
    secretary was present for the unveiling.

    The North Hollywood library was renamed after the fabled aviatrix. (Don't
    you think that word looks like the name of an earlier flyer, the famous fossil
    of the ancient bird?) OK, I looked it up. It's even longer than I remembered:

    The first picture is Lincoln's hearse. I saw part of a TV program yesterday.
    Some team of engineers and craftsmen was building a replica. I didn't see
    the part where they explained why they were doing this or why it had to
    be done in a 17 day period.

    Hard to find pictures to copy. Many of them are too big or too small.
    I don't want to take up all of Pro Health's storage space with photos that
    are 5 or 6 inches square.

    As Mr Grace used to say on Are You Being Served, "You've all done
    very well."

  6. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Hi Rock, I'm doing okay. Hope you're feeling well today! These are great pics. The title of your thread is like that old song "Looking Back to See" I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I was looking back to see if you were looking back at me. Remember that one? By the way is that a callilope? GB
  7. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Hi to Diane! Hope all is well with you and yours today. GB
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB

    For more info on the "calliope" see my post above from Tuesday. BTW, I
    kinda thought Calliope was the Greek Goddess of music, but in checking I see
    her sphere was poetic eloquence. She did, however, have a beautiful voice
    and was the lover of Apollo.

    She is sometimes depicted holding a lyre. Nero couldn't have fiddled while
    Rome burned because there were no fiddles in those days. He could have
    strummed a lyre though.

    I was listening to the old c-w song about lookin' back to see a week or two
    ago. Hadn't heard it fur a coon's age.

  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    Let's see what can be found today.
    Well, here's something we had around our house. Got used now and then too.


    And here's something my grandmother had.

    OK, just copied a small picture. But printed out it was 8-10 inches tall. Just
    too big. I deleted it. I've spent an hour looking for pics. Gotta go lie down.
    My back no workee so good no more.

    Maybe you guys can find something.
  10. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Oil lamp and Iron aren't they? We did have antique irons too but not one like this. We did have one that you could clip the wooden handle of and put in coles. And some that you would put on the stove to heat up. The oil lamp we had too. Also some of them russian carriage oil lamps, real pretty.
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  11. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi everybody!

    I agree with Soul's answers. :)

    I found several pics to post, so here goes. Good luck!





    Have fun! I'll be back later..............

    Hugs, Diane
  12. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    Yes, the lamp is the kind that burns oil or kerosene. We had one that we used when
    the electricity went off which often happened during storms back in 40s.

    The iron was called a flat iron or a sad iron. "Sad" was used in previous times to
    mean heavy or solid. The handle was detachable. My German Grandmother had
    a wood burning stove in her kitchen with 5 or 6 irons on the back. They were always
    hot. She had one detachable handle. So she ironed until the iron grew cold. The
    put the bottom part back on the stove and picked up a hot one with the handle.

    I was also trying to attach pictures of a toaster before the days when they were
    electric. Grandma had one that was sort of a pyramid. You opened the doors and
    put a slice of bread on each side. Then set it on the range (stove) till the toast was
    done. And I was gonna put up a pic of a 5 gallon milk can. They were a common
    sight when I was a kid. The farmers sold their milk to the local dairy. The dairy
    truck came around once a day and picked up the can. Brought back the empties.

    The musical instruments look like cigar box banjos. Have never seen such an odd
    looking stove. Looks like it's part beehive. What's pic number 3? A butter
    dish? Number 4 looks like a remodeled fireplace.

    You can observe a lot by just watching. - Yogi Berra

  13. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

  14. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    While I think of it, here's




    Good luck! Diane :D
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2015
  15. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Diane, if they're not banjos, then they're the cousin: ukuleles.

    Yes, Ben Franklin invented the stove named after him. According to the
    Disney 50s cartoon, he had some help from a mouse. (See "Ben and Me".)

    Pic number 5 is an Aztec artifact.

    Number 6 is a butter churn. Or possibly a set of bongo drums. I would need
    to thump them to know which.

    OK, what is this?


  16. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Well Rock --

    1) NOT a ukelele.

    2) stove

    3) not identified yet

    4) Franklin stove

    5) what was the artifact used for?

    6) neither a churn, nor bongo drums.

    As for your pic, I googled and found it. It begins with a letter between A and Z, or maybe between M and Q?? LOL I won't give the answer. :)

    Great answers, great pic!

    Diane :)
  17. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Hi folks, I just got here and it looks like most have been identified already! Is number six a washing machine? I would say wash in one tub, rinse in the other and then use the ringer. GB
  18. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Diane, #5, ancient artifact, it's an ancient telephone and telephone book table. :)
  19. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    Don't gots no more guesses for the unsolved above. Here's an ad for a machine
    my mother had. You can get an idea of the scale from the housewife in the
    picture. (The machine and the term "housewife" are both from the 40s.)\


    And here's something else my mother used. It's about 8 inches l0ng.


    It also came in a different form for when you wanted to do a lot in a hurry.

  20. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, The first one may be an ironing (pressing) machine. Is the second one an awl? GB