Abe Lincoln

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich...strengthen the weak by weakening the strong...bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift...lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What is it Wednesday

I love old things, and every time I come home with something new to me, I would hear "what's that"!  So I am starting something new, and please let me know if you have something like this, or a story to share.  I would love to pass on the knowledge I have and that you have to the next generation.    So this week it is about cleaning rugs, before everyone had wall to wall carpet.  The first item is a rug beater.  Each week you would take out your throw rugs hand them over the clothes line, and beat them with this beater.  You would get the dust and dirt of them, but each spring and fall the large area rugs would come out and those would also get a good beating and airing out.  


In 1909 Fred Wardell, started the Eureka Vacuum cleaner company, in Detroit, Michigan.  I'm not sure of the exact date of the one of have, but have they come a long way.  The old vacuum does have attachment, but I can not figure out how they go on.  I did plug it in once, and what a noise it made.  I think more dust came out of it then went in it.  No HEPA filter back then.  

Sad to said that in 1909 it was made in the USA, now in China.  Once made from fabric and metal, to all plastic.  What will the next 100 years bring?


Carol said...

Rug beaters... great wall hangers today, and I imagine are still being used by some folks. Nice and interesting post Rose. I like it!


Enjoyed this article and photos too !

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

I enjoyed reading your post Rose and I look forward to coming back! I love old things and I think this is a great idea!!