Didja Ever Have One Of These?

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Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by jerryd6818 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:20 pm

Some old. Some current. Some don't exist anymore. A cornucopia of things past. Let's see 'em all.

My mother used one just like this up until August of 1965. How can I be so precise? Because I went down to Sears while I was home on leave on my way to Viet Nam and bought her a new automatic washer & dryer. She no longer needed to hang clothes outside on the clothesline. (but sometimes she did anyway).
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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by samb1955 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:30 pm

We had one of those and I was pretty little but I remember getting my finger in it, OUCH!

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Post by carrmillus » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:33 pm

......remember it well!!!.............. ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ......................

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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by Doc B » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:36 pm

I guess one of the oldest technologies, I ever remember seeing, actually in use...was one of these. My grandparents lived out in a small little town and they had one of these, probably until about 1965. It was a "party line"...meaning a number of families shared the same line. If you picked up the phone to make a call...there was a good chance that someone else was already talking. I'm sure nosey neighbor listening was rampant. The phone would ring...kind of like a Morse code. Most of the time, when it would ring, Grandma would say "That's not for us". Then something like..."our ring is two short rings; then, a long one". To make a call, they would crank it...which would ring the operator...who would connect you through to whoever you were calling.
I do like my smartphone a bit better.
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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by orvet » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:56 pm

The smart phone does have the advantage being portable, having a camera and having more computing power than was in the first rocket to the moon.
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Post by dlr110 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:00 pm

My Mom had one of the washer/ringers, but I never used a phone like that one. At one time we were on a party-line that always made my Dad mad when he needed to make a call.
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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by danno50 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:35 pm

My mom used a wringer washing machine, like the one Jerry posted, until at least the mid 60s. We moved into the city in 1966 and she used it for the first couple of years we were there.
I grew up in a small town and used a telephone, just like the one Doc B posted, up until at least the early 60s. The operator was located in the post office. When I was a little guy I used to like to go to the post office and watch her through the wicket. I never knew her name, always called her Central.
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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by cody6268 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:39 pm

There's one still in the back room (old coal storage area, when the house was heated with a coal boiler) in the basement. Looks a lot like that one.

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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by treefarmer » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:04 pm

jerryd6818 wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:20 pm
Some old. Some current. Some don't exist anymore. A cornucopia of things past. Let's see 'em all.

My mother used one just like this up until August of 1965. How can I be so precise? Because I went down to Sears while I was home on leave on my way to Viet Nam and bought her a new automatic washer & dryer. She no longer needed to hang clothes outside on the clothesline. (but sometimes she did anyway).
Jerry, That's a wonderful thing to remember. I'll bet your mother was one happy and proud lady. Proud of you and her new appliances! ::tu::
I remember an old square tubed washing machine with a gasoline engine under it. My memory is that it was aluminum. ::shrug:: It had a kick starter on it similar to a motorcycle kick starter. I was warned with all sorts of threats if I messed with the engine or got near the wringer when it was running. That had to have been around 1950, I don't remember if we had gotten electricity by then or not. I imagine that old thing would be worth a small fortune today. ::hmm::
That was back in the good ol' days of outhouses, pitcher pumps, kerosene lamps and wood cook stoves. :)
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Post by WillyCamaro » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:41 pm

Great thread Jerry ::tu:: .

I think you boys have seen this before, sparked a good discussion (and yes, it's still for sale if anyone is interested).
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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:13 pm

My paternal grandparents had both a wringer washer and a hand-crank party line telephone. I remember (barely - I was probably 4 or 5 ) when REA brought electricity to their house. Before that they had kerosene lamps. Grandma got an electric washing machine, but she still had to carry water either from the well (she preferred rain water which they captured in the cistern by the house) and heat it on a wood-burning stove, then pour it into the washer. She had no “indoor plumbing”. But she did have a clothes line in the yard - never had a any other clothes dryer.

Not long afterward they got telephone service. It was a “party line”. Every time there was a call for any party sharing their same line, the phone would ring. You only answered it if it was the ring assigned to you. Grandma always said be careful what you say because someone is listening.

My maternal grandparents in SE Kansas had electricity but no indoor plumbing. I can’t recall them ever having a telephone or electric washing machine.

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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by Doc B » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:16 pm

Mumbleypeg wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:13 pm
My paternal grandparents had both a wringer washer and a hand-crank party line telephone. I remember (barely - I was probably 4 or 5 ) when REA brought electricity to their house. Before that they had kerosene lamps. Grandma got an electric washing machine, but she still had to carry water either from the well (she preferred rain water which they captured in the cistern by the house) and heat it on a wood-burning stove, then pour it into the washer. She had no “indoor plumbing”.

Not long afterward they got telephone service. It was a “party line”. Every time there was a call for any party sharing their same line, the phone would ring. You only answered it if it was the ring assigned to you. Grandma always said be careful what you say because someone is listening.

My maternal grandparents in SE Kansas had electricity but no indoor plumbing. I can’t recall them ever having a telephone or electric washing machine.

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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by jerryd6818 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:20 pm

treefarmer wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:04 pm

That was back in the good ol' days of outhouses, pitcher pumps, kerosene lamps and wood cook stoves. :)
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Had all those when I was a Tad. We lived in a log house when I was a about 4 years old and Dad worked for the REA. No electricity, mom cooked on a wood cook stove, water from the cistern, toilet was an outhouse, wiped on pages out of the Sears catalog. I started school in a one room school house. Only went there a little over three months when my maternal Grandmother fell on the ice and broke her back so we moved across the Big Wabash to Evansville, IN so my mom could take care of her. My paternal grandmother was one of the best cooks in that part of the country and she did it all on a wood cook stove.

Doc B., my Granddad (and several of my other relatives) used a crank telephone (looked just like yours) up into the late '50s - early '60s.

The memories are much better than the actuality of it all.

Here's something I haven't seen in years.
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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by Beavertail » Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:11 pm

jerryd6818 wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:20 pm
treefarmer wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:04 pm

That was back in the good ol' days of outhouses, pitcher pumps, kerosene lamps and wood cook stoves. :)
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Had all those when I was a Tad. We lived in a log house when I was a about 4 years old and Dad worked for the REA. No electricity, mom cooked on a wood cook stove, water from the cistern, toilet was an outhouse, wiped on pages out of the Sears catalog. I started school in a one room school house. Only went there a little over three months when my maternal Grandmother fell on the ice and broke her back so we moved across the Big Wabash to Evansville, IN so my mom could take care of her. My paternal grandmother was one of the best cooks in that part of the country and she did it all on a wood cook stove.

Doc B., my Granddad (and several of my other relatives) used a crank telephone (looked just like yours) up into the late '50s - early '60s.

The memories are much better than the actuality of it all.Jerry, I've got three of those oil spouts hanging in my shop. ::tu:: We had one of those wringer washing machines. I remember getting my arm caught in it. I think my sister suggested trying it. ::facepalm::

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Re: Didja Ever Have One Of These?

Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:14 pm

Jerry, both of my grandmothers cooked on wood, or coal, stoves. (My maternal grandpa was a deep shaft coal miner in SE Kansas so they had coal.)

I remember when my dad and my uncle went in together and bought my paternal grandma a Roper brand electric stove. She cooked on the “burners “ but after a couple of attempts at using the oven, she went back to her wood-burning stove for baking in the oven. In the winter it was used to help heat the house anyway. In the summer she had a cookhouse out back, separate from the main house, which also had a wood-burning stove. To keep from heating up the house she cooked and washed clothes there in the summertime.

In their lifetimes neither of my grandparents homes ever had indoor plumbing. Paternal grandparents had a pitcher pump on the back porch. It was handy but grandma never liked the water from that well for drinking or cooking, so it was used mainly for washing and bathing. She liked the water from another well about 100 yards from the house. So someone had to carry it. (Me, if I was there). :lol:

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