This collection is chock full of fabulous vintage flair details that showcase life that has passed us by. When photographing, I like to think of all the stories the houses and equipment I come across could tell.
In Working Order – Vintage Water Pump
Vintage cast iron water pump on one of our friend’s properties in the country.
The cast iron, well pump still works and you can pump water into wooden buckets next to the pump to water trees and plants on the property.
Glazed Crock and Salt Crock
Glazed crocks and two-toned brown glazed crocks have held my attention since I was a little girl. They say you fall in love with memories. I can attest to that.
The finger handle jugs have stories contained within them. Years that have passed us by but still live on within us. Every time I see a whiskey jug I remember the stories of my great-grandparents and grandparents making dandelion and cherry wine. I have those handwritten recipes in a book today.
When I see crocks I immediately am reminded of those old stories. A smile graces my face and warmth fills my heart.
Under Lock and Key
I was attracted to the rusty patina on the lock and the bright brass coloring of the key.
Time Flies When You Are Having Fun Old Westclox
Time Flies When You Are Having Fun Vintage Big Ben Westclox. This gem is still in working order and shows a nice patina starting around the edges. The alarm clocks were manufactured starting 1909.
The first Big Bens were sold in 1909, and they were first advertised in the Sept. 24. 1910 in the Saturday Evening Post for $2.50.
The baby Ben advertisement followed Sept. 25, 1915 in Saturday Evening Post
This Westclox is from at least 1917. Between 1917 – 1922 the company started adding Westclox above Big Ben on the face. There are three different types of text, that can give you a good indication of the age. Of course, I added my own special finishing processing touches.
Of course with this Time Flies When You Are Having Fun print, as with most of my photography, I have added my own special finishing processing touches.
40’s Sewing Room
Replica of a 40’s sewing room and shoe workshop. I remember my great grandparents heating their home with one of those stoves. Immediately it held my attention and became the center of this photograph.
All Tooled Up
An old metal workshop, featuring a vintage workbench with the tools from the day. Complete workshop to make metal crafts.
Vintage Wooden Kitchen Utensils
I have a vast collection of antique and vintage bowls and cooking gear. One of my favorite things to do is bake using antique kitchen items. Well, except I’ll keep my Mix Master – it’s a good gadget.
My kitchen cupboards are not made of perfectly matched bowls, plates, and utensils. I like it this way. When I pull out a certain bowl, it has a story. It has charm.
I mourn the loss of each kitchen gadget as I “lose it” over the years. Inevitably, having and using the item brings me joy. Losing the item is like I lost another small part of the person attached to it. For a bit of time, I was able to hold onto that person. The day I lose the ability to use the item, is a sad day.
Have a Seat
Old spindle-back wooden chair outside of an 1850’s hand-hewn log cabin.
Operator – How Can I Direct Your Call?
The old telephone switchboard. Operators would connect your call by plugging in the wire between two parties. My, how things have changed over the years.
Vintage Bibles on a Night Stand
A set of vintage Bibles on a nightstand.
Milk cans date back to the 19th century. US dairy farmers would fill the cans and transport the cans to a location where customers would come and fill containers they brought from home with milk.
If a customer was early in the day they earlier in the day would get a higher quantity of cream, whereas people later in the day would get a lower quantity because of the separation through the day.
Black and White Sleigh Bells
A set of sleigh bells that attached to a team of horses for the winter months.
The photo was processed in black and white with a soft finish.
Old Butter Churner
What you find in an old turn of the century barns!
Inside an Old Log Cabin on Washington Island
Loved exploring this old log cabin on Washington Island. All the old tools and gear lining the walls was a special treat for a history buff.
48 Star United States Flag
When there were 48 United States.
Antique Candlestick Phone
An old Sontel candlestick phone. This was the first style telephone introduced by telephone companies.
Old teapot on an antique stove.
Swinging Away the Worries
Wooden Swing. Reminds me of the one at my grandparents on their porch. Fond memories of a slower pace life.
An old piano found in an old house.
Old Wooden Electric Fence Pole
Search a piece of old farm property long enough and you will come across an electric fence pole.
Many of these old trunks came with our ancestors and made the trip to the “new world” together.
Metal Forging Tools
Hand forged metal tools. Blacksmithing tools.
A Hint of Light – Old Medical Office
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz
Vintage Letterpress Printing Blocks
Set of vintage letterpress printing blocks from Wisconsin.
Antique American Dictionary
Antique American Dictionary. Look how small it is! We have greatly increased our vocabularies.
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