QuickQuiz Pictures Game 31

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by ConfusedInPA, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi y'all,

    I'm enjoying these games. Hope y'all are, too.

    I found some more pics, so here goes:

    1) (the penny is for size reference)





    Have fun! Good luck!

    Diane :p

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    Last edited: Aug 7, 2015
  2. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    #2 Looks like an old Spam key.

    #3 Treadle sewing machine.

    #4 Sewing machine.

    #5 Rabbit ears tv antena.
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    GB's answers look fine to me. As for pic number one, it's a penny. If you have
    100 of them, you have a dollar. When I was a kid that would buy 4 gallons of
    gas. Or two adult admissions to the movies. When I was a teen, McDonald's
    was new. A dollar would buy two meals of: a burger, fries and a shake. And you'd
    get 6 cents change.

    What? Pic number one is not about the penny? Oh, that other thing. Well,
    clearly it's a hinge from a suit of armor. Or might be a lock for your hotel
    door. A fishing knife? A bottle opener? A part from a smart phone prototype?

    OK, I give up.

    BTW, when I was a kid, I bet half the houses in town had a treadle
    sewing machine. The other machine pictured above looks like it's
    powered with a crank. Never heard of such a thing before.

  4. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Great answers, y'all!

    P-38 can opener

    Wiki Commons calls this a "corned beef can opener". I guess it would work on Spam cans too!

    Treadle sewing machine

    Hand crank sewing machine

    Rabbit ears

    Great guessing, y'all!!!!!!!


    I couldn't imagine using a "hand crank" sewing machine. We did have rabbit ears, but they were smaller than the one pictured. My grandma had a treadle machine, stored up in the attic. I didn't recognize the P-38 can opener, but we had lots of manual can openers. And, yep, we ate corned beef from a can, so I did recognize that KEY! :)

    Thanks for playing!

    Hugs, Diane :)
  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    Here are a few items from the past. I had hoped to find more pics, but it's
    surprisingly difficult. (Took me umpteen minutes to find these.) Recognize any?





  6. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi Rock!

    Great pics.

    I have a guess for pic 2: wooden clothespins?? If not, then my guess is some sort of a hair clip?

    Got chores to do now, so I'll be back later..................

  7. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Diane

    Good guess on the clothespins. I have read several times over the years that
    the Shakers invented the clothespin. Also read that the modern clothespin
    (with the spring in the middle) was invented later in the middle of the 19th
    century. So I guess the Shaker clothespins looked like the above.

    OK, here's another picture I found. The info is that these are Shaker clothespins
    in a homemade berry basket. [​IMG]

    I used to use clothespins a lot when I was a teenager. We had babies in our
    house (mid 1950s) and did not have a dryer. Drying clothes on
    the line during a Minnesota winter is a lot different than the same task on
    a sunny summer day. After the clothes were inside they were hung on racks
    that were spread around the furnace grate so they could finish drying.

    Years later I was teaching my wife how to change and feed a baby. As Henny
    Youngman or some wise man said, "Learn everything you can. You never
    know when it will come in handy."

    Henny Youngman was "The King of the One Liners". Here are a couple of his
    jokes. Please note they are two-liners.

    • My wife will buy anything marked down. Last year she bought an escalator.
    • My wife and I always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
    Rock (King of nothing though sometimes seen at Burger King.)

  8. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi again Rock,

    I enjoyed reading your post!

    Does pic 4 have something to do with widening shoes? Or shoemaking?

    I cheated a bit and asked Kevin about pic number 3. He said it looked like a "massager" -- foot massager, perhaps?.

    I still have no idea what pic number 1 is. Looks like pierced earrings to me! :)

    You did well, Rock, with these stumpers!


    Later, Diane

    PS: We used wooden clothespins (without the spring), when I was a youth. :) We had a wringer washer. Wet clothes would either get hung outside (ohhh, nothing like that fresh smell), or on clotheslines in our attic during the rainy days and winter. Fond memories. :)
  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Diane

    That can opener is such a weird looking tool. I couldn't see how it would work.
    Anyhoo I went to the Wikipedia site you posted, and from there to the Youtube
    video. One can see it in action. The guy doing the demonstration spends 3.5
    minutes talking before he actually opens the can. Fast forwarding is an option.

    Anyway the piece that looks like a blade is a blade. The notch below it fits on
    the rim of the can. Once the lid is pierced, the user keeps wiggling the opener
    all around the can until it's open. The lid has the uneven nasty looking edge
    that modern can openers avoid. These openers were made for the military.

    You were right again; this time about the shoe widener or stretcher. We had
    one of these at home. Seldom got used though. My father often found his
    new shoes were too hot or too tight. His usual remedy was to stab holes in
    them with a knife. He was an impulsive kinda guy. I remember he once
    decided a pot holder should be hung on the kitchen wall so he grabbed a
    hammer and nail. Drove the nail right through the pot holder thus affixing
    it to the wall.

    What?! Was he drunk? Yes, frequently.

    The first two items are embroidery hoops. My mother used them when I was
    a kid. Embroidered pillow cases and hankies. The hoops came in different
    sizes; the most common were 6-8 inches in diameter. Once again, it would have
    been nice to have something of scale in the pic.

    Item number 4 (the blue things) are flash bulbs. Flash bulbs became popular
    in the 50s. The first ones were clear. The blue plastic coating was added
    later. And here's a true story from my home town.

    My mother went in the drugstore one day and found Ruby, the clerk, laughing
    to beat the band. Back in those primitive days if you wanted your film developed,
    you took it to the drug store. From there it was sent out of town to a developer and
    in about ten days, you went back to the drugstore and got your pictures.

    Anyhoo, my first grade teacher had just left. It seems she brought in the used flash
    bulbs to have them developed. (Nowadays we call this "not getting the concept".)
    I kinda wonder if she had put film in the camera. Why would she if she thought the pictures were now in the bulbs? Hmmmm.

    Yes, I remember our washing machine with a wringer on top. Every time my mother
    wheeled the machine into the kitchen (the hose had to drain into the sink) she
    warned us about the perils of the wringer. She would have made a good accident
    prevention manager in some industry.

    Anyhoo the machine vibrated like a belly dancer. One day it danced around so
    much a stack of dishes fell outta the cupboard. Uff-da! The company went outta
    business a few years later. And the company that bought Easy went outta
    business in the 60s.

    Our machine looked pretty much like this. Did yours too?

  10. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Oh, Rock ---

    What memories!

    Yep, we had a wringer washer, although your pic looks more modern than the one we had.

    It was in the basement. There were two what were called "sanitary tubs" built into the wall. So you rolled the washer over to the tubs, attached the hose, filled the washing machine. Added your soap powder and clothes, of course! :)

    When the load was deemed to be "done", the clothes were put through the wringer and into the first tub for a rinse. After rinsing, the clothes were wringed and put into the second tub (clean water and fabric softener/Downy). Then swished and wringed into the laundry basket! (I think the wringer mechanism could move 360 degrees.)

    Then you started all over again. If you had six baskets of laundry, it seemed to take forever to get the laundry done. Plus hanging on the clotheslines, waiting for the clothes to dry, and folding, and putting away!

    I remember flash bulbs, but not the blue ones. Ours were white, square (maybe). I remember when I was little we had a BROWNIE camera. Remember those?

    We never did embroidery, that's why I didn't recognize the hoops.

    Oh, speaking of laundry -- do you remember using starch? I don't know why some items had to be starched? Then, after drying they were misted lightly and ironed.

    I know I like gathering my clothes from the modern dryer. Folding. Wearing. :)

    I'll have to look up that can opener video on youtube. Those old-fashioned ones were dangerous. And a person needed a lot of strength to push the blade into the can.

    I'll have to look for more pics, soon. This is a fun game, and fun to chat about.

    Hugs, Diane
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