Thursday, October 6, 2016

What is that?

I'm always amazed when I go to a museum, or historic site, and find an object that would have been common to people from a by-gone era, but looks completely foreign now. Some items remain timeless (think toilet or bicycle), but many come and go.

I worked at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site for ten years and we had quite a few of those unique objects. One of my favorite things to do was stump our visitors. I'd hold up an item that someone could have easily identified in 1910--and would receive hundreds of guesses.

Here are two items that were common in the early 1900's. Can you guess what they are?

Item #1

Item #2

Item #2 comes apart...
Your Turn: I'd love to hear your guesses!

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  1. I'm stumped. My first guess on item #1 is some sort of dressing aid or stocking stretcher. Item #2 seems too fancy for a chamber pot. What ever it is, it seems to be for the wealthy.

  2. I'm going to guess that Item #2 is a hair receiver. But #1? If it was metal, I'd say it was a curling iron, but since it's wooden, I have no idea1

  3. I'm fairly certain item #2 is a hair receiver since I have one similar to it. My guess for item #1 is a glove stretcher.

  4. Hmmm I have no idea on either, but two have said hair receiver for item #2. What is a hair receiver? And the glove stretcher Keli Gwyn guessed for item #1 seems appropriate.

  5. #1 looks like some kind of tongs and #2 looks like a candle holder.

  6. #1 is a glove stretcher and #2 is a hair receiver. Thanks for playing along!


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