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What Is It? September 2018

What Is It? September 2018

   Marjorie McLaren of Anchorage, Alaska gave the best explanation of our September’s What Is It. She tells us, “September’s What Is It is an antique whalebone and whale ivory swift, sometimes called a yarn winder. It is probably from the 19th century during the height of the whaling era. The whalebone arms expand out from an ivory cage at the […]

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What Is It? August 2018

What Is It? August 2018

   Our August What Is It fooled a lot of people. So many thought it was a glass caster which was put under a furniture leg to protect the floor. It is actually a salt dish. Time was when the salt cellar or salt dish honored the table on which it sat, and also honored the person who sat before […]

by · August 9, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? July 2018

What Is It? July 2018

July What Is It Winners We had two correct answers to our July’s What Is It contest. Dottie unruh of Lakewood, Colorado said, “It is an ice cream treat maker. I have one from the soda fountain in my dad’s old drug store in North Denver, it says, “Icy Pie” on it.”  She also added, “Thanks so much for your great paper; it’s always so informative and has been very helpful in identifying some of […]

by · July 1, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? June 2018

What Is It? June 2018

 Our June’s What Is It is a water cooler wood grain paint over tin. Once humble general store items such as water coolers were often beautifully decorated. Water coolers were japanned in color and painted with floral motifs or even scenes. They were also stoneware, and decorated. They can be used for cool drinks at patio parties or without their […]

by · June 6, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? May 2018

What Is It? May 2018

   We had several correct answers to our May’s What Is It. The device is 1/2 of a block and tackle which was used with a rope to lift heavy objects. This is a pulley-holding block from an early 20th Century Chesapeake Bay fishing boat. It was used for many jobs, from raising sail to hoisting cargo. The example is […]

by · May 8, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?