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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Thrifty Vintage Thingies - Wringers, Stanchions, and Corn Planters

It's THAT time again!!!!
Vintage Thingies Thursday over at Coloradolady and Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville.

Be sure you click on both of the above icons or links to check out what everyone else is posting.

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!



★Carol★ said...

Couldn't you of grabbed that metal picnic basket for me?! He never would have missed it! I've always wanted a piesafe, and that one is gorgeous! Great hurricane lamp collection too. If I visited Doug, my eyes would just be wandering the whole time, looking at all of his wonderful treasures!

Janet, said...

Loved your vintage thingies, especially the pie safe, kerosene lamps and wood ironing board.

Unknown said...

What a great way to display the lamps, and know where they are when you lose power! I adore that pie safe, too.

Carrie said...

What a nice array of family's great that they have been preserved and valued!

Swampgirl said...

Love that pie safe!! And your vintage planting corn planting demonstrater is my favorite! I was just reading back over last week's posts and I noticed that your family tree has a branch of Butchers. My tree also has a branch of Butchers that I can not find a trail of. Your Butchers did not come from western New York state did they?

Lori R. said...

OH my, you must have had a blast looking at all these treasures.. My eyes are bugging out and I am starting to drool....

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I love the vintage thingies... especially the pie safe and your dad.

Postcardy said...

I love the pie safe.

That washer doesn't look like it could hold much. The ones I have seen are bigger.

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Wow! Does he know all the cool things he has? I LOVE that pie safe immensely! I LOVE the wood, beautiful. I also enjoyed all the hostory, as you probably knew I would. Interesting a/b the cows. I think you know I have my great grandma's washer. I use it for cold drinks aka an ice chect when we have co. It has a double basin.
A wealth of great things here!Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday in Bloggeritaville


Lori E said...

Dad is an oldie but a goodie.
They are all treasures.

Kristin - The Goat said...

Awww Keetha, you shared! It's a nice looking hurricane lamp. Wow - love the close up on the pie safe. It's a well loved, but well cared for piece of furniture if even the intersections are still intact. I used to help my grandmother wash clothes and wring them. That was quite a contraption but I was always thrilled to be able to use it since no one but my relatives in Nebraska had anything like this.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great pictures. Those are all lovely items and beautiful too.

Coloradolady said...

What a treasure to share your families wonderful things. I have a hard time picking a favorite, but that pie safe and the washer is right up at the top. All of these things are wonderful and look like they were cared for very well. The lamps look so good above the cabinets.

Have a great VTT and a wonderful weekend.

Ulla said...

Lovely Vintage Thingies, including your dad. I had never known about pie safes before.

Martin LaBar said...

Even the plastic thermometer will be a valuable antique some day, barring nuclear war, the Second Coming, and other upsetting things.

kyooty said...

Oh to have a kettle like that, one that isn't going to leak or die after only 14yrs or 3days of use.

Cath's Pennies Designs said...

Wonderful post! I love all your pictures, but your vintage dad holding the corn planter is the best. Cherish that vintage dad, they just don't make them like that anymore! :)
Happy VTT!

Susan said...

Fantastic pie safe! What fabulous treasures you are showing--such a tease--I want them all.

Unknown said...

What a fun post! I LOVE furniture with a history, actually anything with a history. Thanks for sharing.

ClassyChassy said...

A very enjoyable read today - even seeing your vintage dad was so fun! Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone! Such fun!

CC said...

Oooo, your post is wonderful. I tried to choose a favorite, but it was impossible for me to select just one thing. I do love the info about the wash water..great grief, I had forgotten that. :). and yes..that's exactly what was done. We really were actually green before our time... Happy VTT, and have a most lovely weekend..

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

The pie safe is a beauty.

Threeundertwo said...

I'm wondering if people needed a pie safe because they made a bunch of pies at once? Or was it called that but they stored other types of food in it as well. I don't know much about them but that's a beauty.

Love all the vintage items, especially the wonderful gentleman demonstrating.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Love it all -- but especially the pie safe with the screening. Yay - everyone tells me they must have pierced tin, so now I am vindicated! yay again.

And I found you a FREE china closet -- check out That Old House tomorrow for info. :-) I mentioned you today in my post, and linked to you-- hope that's OK.
All good stuff -- Cass

Miri said...

Wonderful collection of household and farm vintage goodies! Love the pie safe...its just gorgeous. Your Dad looks great for 80-he hardly has gray hair.

Nancy said...

There is so much to take in, and I loved it all! The hurricane lamp collection is fabulous, and the pie closet is priceless! Your dad & I could demonstrate the corn planter together -- I used similar corn planters for our garden in WI.

Roslyn said...

Our pie safe & cow stanchions were much more primitive looking, but my Granny had a very similar washing machine, a Kelvinator, & my MIL had an ironing board just like that one-. memories............

Anonymous said...

some fabulous vintage treasures!! the lamps, the pie safe & the armoire :)

Christina said...

Love the pie safe. Your cousin has some wonderful things. Love that you are sharing them with us.

Bea said...

I have a yearning for a pie safe. I love Doug's.

Wanted you to know that from your post last week...I have a vintage cracker jar that has been empty and waiting for me to decide what to use to fill it. Then I saw Doug's filled with vintage cookie cutters. Now my cracker jar is filled with my vintage cookie cutters. Thanks!