Welcome to another what is it Wednesday. This is an old pump that would have been out in the yard, somewhere. and only where water could be found. It might be close to the house or a hundred feet from the house. The pump was put in where water could be found on your property and not where you would have like it. Each time you needed water you would have to go out and get it. Sometimes the water would come up easy and other times you did have to work for it. In the winter straw and an old blanket would keep it warm during the night and keep if from freezing. If the water did not come up you would have to pour water down the pump to help prime it. Today we have it so easy, turn on the faucet and the water comes out, both hot and cold. Remember our great grandmother had to go out pump the water, heat it on the stove, then do the laundry, dishes, bathe the baby, and cook! But these old pump are a lot of fun to turn into a water feature in your yard. A little pump from the hardware store and some plastic hose and you are good to go! I love the sound of the water running and never filling up the tub below! Sometimes I have added goldfish, or just let the frogs take over.