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I have one more Thrifty Vintage Thingies Thursday post featuring lovely heirlooms that belong to my cousin Doug. These are some really special things, at least I think so!!!
First, his hurricane lamp collection in the soffit above his kitchen cabinets. Notice the one directly to the right of the apple crock bowl. I GAVE him that one - - - it is a keepsake from our beloved Burr Camp. I had two, so I shared.
This pie safe belonged to Doug's paternal grandparents. He said his dad could remember it from his childhood, so it was made before 1902.
It has screen in the doors rather than glass because it was intended to be used to cool pies, keeping them free of flies and mice in the process. He now uses it to store his yummy maple syrup, among other things.
This is a close up of the decorative lines which adorn the pie safe. None of the tiny "intersections" are missing.
The "miracle" about the condition of this pie safe is that for a period of its life, when to someone it was just "old junk," it was used for paint and oil can storage in a basement or shed. Doug said when he got it, he simply rubbed linseed oil into it, cleaned out the inside, and VOILA - - - here's the result.
Doug didn't know the "story" to go with this armoire. In fact, he didn't realize it was called an armoire - - - but I gave him a tiny armoire education.
All of the "pieces" in this photo are vintage, except the plastic thermometer. I'm going to start at the left side of the picture and go around to the right.
First we have a classic little school desk. These would sit one in front of the other, so the student sitting in the seat would actually use the desk on the back of the seat in front of him. I also have a desk very similar to this one.
The brown wooden rectangle leaning against the wall is an antique cow stanchion, probably from Doug's parent's barn on their home place dairy farm. When it was milking time, the cows enter the barn and put their head through their own stanchion to nibble on their personal food supply. The stanchion is then closed, making the opening too small for the cow to back her head out during the milking process.
Next is Aunt Ferol's (Doug's mom) wringer washing machine. That's how wash was done when I was a child. You only filled it with water once a week to do ALL the laundry. So, you started with whites and worked down to the darkest, dirtiest clothes last.
Oh, I wouldn't kid you about such a thing as that! We didn't know the word "green" back then in the context of today - - - but we WERE anyway.
Sitting on top of the wringer washer is an old iron kettle with lid.
Leaning against the wall to the right of the washing machine is Aunt Ferol's wooden ironing board.
Standing in front of the washing machine is my dad. He's 80, so he's VINTAGE. And, he is frugal as frugal can be, so he's also THRIFTY making this a valid entry in Leigh's party.
Dad is holding and demonstrating the use of Uncle Mack's (Doug's dad) corn planter. The corn went in the box on the top side of the planter, then the farmer walked down the rows of freshly turned dirt using the planter to drop seed corn into the dirt. Doug said his dad had always prefered using that old planter to the new fangled tractor varieties. Again - - - green before our time!!
Thanks for checking out my thrifty vintage thingies today!