Tomorrow, An Americana Post-Thanksgiving Recipe
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After corn was harvested, it could be dried and ground into meal or used as feed for the animals. The ear of corn was inserted into the opening, the lever was turn which activated some tongs that scraped the corn off the cob. This is another tool out of western North Carolina. It’s in really good shape and still has the clamps and screws that attached it to a table. It is marked R & H Mfg and sells for around $100 on eBay.
How did people light their homes before electricity? Below is one example. It is called a “Little Buttercup Lamp” that belonged to my great-great-grandmother. It dates to the 19th century. The lamp was filled with kerosene and carried around the house. The light was increased or decreased by raising or lowering the wick. Since it is in excellent condition and still has the glass intact, it’s worth somewhere around $50 – $100. Of course, none of our pack-rat treasures are for sale. Rita
The tool on the right I’m not exactly sure about. We have an antique post hole digger, but this is different. It is MUCH heavier and has two handles and is well over five feet tall. I think it was used for digging wells. It’s one of the tools my father brought back from North Carolina that belonged to his ancestors. Daddy was a dowser or diviner. He could walk around holding in his hands two pieces of metal that joined into one and find water underground. When he walked over water the rods would start to vibrate and then point down to the ground. He would do it for friends but that was all. I saw him do it but I don’t think it’s paranormal or anything, but it always worked. Don’t know where the divining rod is now. Probably lost when we cleaned out TWO huge tool sheds after he died. If you know what it is, please comment and let me know what it is.
Maintaining clothing was labor intensive for women. Often a whole day was dedicated to laundry. The water may have been carried to a tub to be used for washing and rinsing. Permanent press was unheard of. Heavy irons were heated by the fireplace and later on a wood-burning stove. These belonged to my mother’s family. I use them for bookends.