I thought it would be fun to do a “throwback” Friday Five. My neighborhood was built mostly from the 1880s to 1930s, so there are plenty of things that aren’t used any more but no one has gotten around to getting rid of. Here are some shots that harken bygone days and seem rather quaint now.
1. You can still find signs like these around the neighborhood. When I was a kid we practiced hiding under our desks in case of a nuclear bomb. Surely, that would have worked well.
2. Glass doorknobs like this one in my apartment became popular during WWI because metal was needed for the war effort. They remained in vogue during the 1920s when my apartment building was built. Most of the glass knobs were clear, but if you happen to have one in another color, especially cobalt blue, give Antiques Roadshow a call.
3. Ok, I tried to get fancy with the photo editing here. This “waste” pipe is no longer operational, but I believe it was used to drain the bathtub. The knob is a plunger that would be lifted when you wanted to release the water. Can anyone confirm that?
4. It pays to pay attention around here. This is a rain gutter mounted to the outside of someone’s house to whisk water off the roof. It’s copper and you can see how it has oxidized over the years. It won’t be long before it’s changed entirely to green. Check out the intricacy of the brackets. Much more elegant than the fiberglass ones common today and also much more expensive.
5. This is a cold box built right into the thick walls of my kitchen. These were fairly common in cities before refrigerators. People in small apartments didn’t have room for a standard “ice box” which could be as large as a chest of drawers, so a cold box was recessed into the wall. It pretty much lives up to the advertising. It’s a metal box where you could store items that you wanted to keep cold. In the winter the cold outside air would help food fresh. There doesn’t seem to be a drain so I don’t think they used this as a traditional ice chest. I have no idea what people did in the summer.
Open sesame. Inside the cold box is a metal lined insert into the outside wall where you would store food. Thank goodness there were no critters inside when I opened the door.
Do you have any throwbacks in your neighborhood or home?
Have a great weekend!