Wednesday Nostalgia

Who remembers these little tin containers? Did you use one as a child?

According to Wikipedia:  Log Cabin Syrup is a brand of pre-packaged syrups owned by Pinnacle Foods. Log Cabin Syrup was introduced in 1887. Grocer Patrick James Towle (1835-1912), who lived in the village of Forest Lake, Minnesota, initially formulated it.

I goofed. This was priced at $10 in Apple Annie’s in Cashmere and when I looked at eBay they sell for up to $25. Amazing. And empty sans syrup too!

Wednesday Nostalgia

It’s coming to that time of year when our thoughts turn to Pumpkin Pie. I know mine, and my family’s, does. We all use my Mom’s (1921-2014) recipe and have no need to experiment with others.

Get two frozen deep-dish piecrusts. (Mom made pies, not crusts, and neither do I.) In big bowl, mix 4 eggs, a big can of pumpkin, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt. In pan on stove, carefully melt 4 TB of butter into 1 3/4 cups milk. Pour the warmed mixture into the pumpkin/egg mix. Add 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Pour the mix into the unbaked shells. Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees  and then 35 minutes at 350. You will like this, I guarantee!

Wednesday Nostalgia

Ever see one of these critters before?? This is a Harp Guitar and it’s being held by Gary Zimmerman in the Pioneer Descendants Hall museum which comprises the floors above the Fiske Library.

“The harp guitar (or “harpguitar“) is a guitar-based stringed instrument with a history of well over two centuries. … The word “harp” is used in reference to its harp-like unstopped open strings. A harp guitar must have at least one unfretted string lying off the main fretboard, typically played as an open string.” (Wikipedia)

These are still being created; a new one can cost up to $8000. Yikes.

Wednesday Nostalgia

Ever have your feet measured for new shoes with the shoe clerk using one of these gadgets??? I’ve not seen one in years. Also, do you remember the big X-ray machine for your feet? You’d put on your new shoes and stick your feet into this machine and the X-ray picture will tell Mom if the shoe was the correct size. But MANOHMAN what all those X-rays did to your feet and we never knew.

Wednesday Nostalgia

Perhaps today’s memory item isn’t that old but it’s still nostalgia-evoking to me. This is a “mangle” or Ironrite ironing machine. I remember my Mom sitting at the Ironrite, moving the controls with her knees, and ironing EVERYTHING……shirts and sheets, hankies and hand towels and tablecloths. She explained that it saved both time and her back.  Do you have memories of an Ironrite? Did you ever catch a finger??

Wednesday Nostalgia

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Apple Annie’s in Cashmere, Washington. OHMYGOSH what a HUGE place full of millions of treasures….most of it items of nostalgia. How about this one…can you guess? It’s an old-time child’s training potty seat! Cool, eh? 

Wednesday’s Nostalgia

Who remembers milk and other dairy products being delivered to your front door, deposited in a metal box like this??  Boy, I surely do! The year was 1970, in Spokane, and the Darigold dairy still had a home delivery service. With three munchkins in the house, I was grateful for this help!

Wednesday Nostalgia

Ah, the country doctor with his black bag. Always on call, always on horseback, always at bedsides. But how much real doctoring was he able to do? What did he carry in that doctor’s black bag?

Asking Grandma Google (smile) and finding a list on a British website, Steampunk Forum, I share it with you:


The Gladstone, or General Doctor’s Bag, generally had less than you might imagine. The Doctor of 1880-1900 did not regularly carry that much in the way of actual medicine beyond what he expected to use on the specific patient. 

You would normally find the following:
Ear Trumpet or Stethoscope 
Folding Magnifying Glass
Small kit of Scalpels
Small selection of forceps and tweezers and scissors
A small sewing kit, using “catgut” sutures
Syringes and needles kit for injections
Syringe for Lavage
sevveral sizes of Speculum
Ear “spoon”
Small kit of Probes
Possibly one or more “cupping” devices
Alcohol lamp
Possibly small glass bottles or jars and/or slides to collect samples,
perhaps several leather straps to use as tourniquets or restraints
Small number of opiate or morphine based ampules.
or ampules for “Cocaine and Adrenalin Solution”

Antiseptics and Antibiotics were not available until after ca 1900 or later.

Surprisingly you would not find bandages and the sort of things you see in a modern EMT kit. Bandages were far to bulky for a Doctor to carry, and he would rely upon the patient’s family to provide them. Cleanliness was optional, and Sterility was unheard of. Even up until the 1890’s Doctors had to be vigorously encouraged to wash their hands between patients, and few bothered with alcohol sterilization.