This labor day weekend my husband and I decided to tackle the final frontier of our home organization project and clean out the garage. When we started, stuff was crowded on shelves and on the floors all around the edges of where we parked our two cars. After a long weekend of work, we now have stuff all over the garage and are forced to park outside.
Despite our dubious progress in actually cleaning the garage, I did find several boxes of things from my grandmother's house who passed away several years ago (at the ripe old age of 102). She was an avid collector of things and somehow I ended up with several boxes of items from her iron and tin Americana collection. Going through these treasures, mostly ordinary household goods from the 19th century, was like taking a walk back in time - super cool for this historical writer! I will share with you some of the items I found interesting.
The lantern. On those rare occasions when the electricity goes out I get a small taste of how people lived for thousands of years before electricity. Before the light bulb was the lantern. Here is one of tin and glass.
What am I?
Contest time! Most of the things I found had labels, but not this one. This is a cool looking mini watering can thingy about the size of a large coffee mug. I'm sure it had a special purpose - but what? I will send an ARC of A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME to the person who can tell me what it is - or can make up the best guest!