Thursday, June 30, 2011

Flight of Fancy!

“I went up town this forenoon and got the tires set on the big wagon .  After dinner we raked and bunched the hay.  I went up town this evening and engaged a man to help me in the haying.”

France, 1910.  Seven years after the Wright brothers made their first flight.
Orville Wright 1876

Wilbur Wright, 1876

Orville Wright, 1903

Wilbur Wright, 1903

The Wright Brothers first flight, December 17, 1903

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Very Interesting?

“I rounded the road this forenoon.  Mowed the two small pieces by the house this afternoon and did some hand mowing rest of the afternoon.  We hitched up the colt again this evening and drove him down as for as line road with “Dolly”

I found a whole series of pictures of this woman with this doll.  I am not sure what the story is behind it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jenny Lind

“I covered the potatoes over today.  Father worked in the corn until about 4 o’clock when I finished the potatoes and then I finished the corn which took me until about 5 o’clock then we ground a mower knife.  Oliver Rogers came down after chores and we hitched up the colt. (two years old).

Horn button of Jenny Lind.  You can find this button and many more at my antique button store:

Monday, June 27, 2011

In the Asylum

“Cultivated corn all day twice in a row.  This is the second time I have went through it twice in a row

This is a very interesting picture.  I am not sure what is going on here.  Everyone is dressed very nice except for the man on the ground in the middle.  He is barefoot and raggedy.  If I had to guess, I would say that he might have been a member of the family in an asylum.  Here is a link to an interesting book written by a woman who faked her way into an insane asylum in 1887.  A very interesting read:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Road Labor Tax!

“I finished working our road tax this forenoon.  Cultivated corn this afternoon.  Father finished cultivating the potatoes.”

In the 1800s, townships compelled a road labor tax. The State of New York, for example, assessed eligible males a minimum of three days of roadwork under penalty of fine of one dollar. The labor requirement could be avoided if the worker paid a fee of 62.5 cents a day.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Coup de Bouton

Coup de Bouton.  A cartoon from 1777 in which a fashionable gentleman dazzles a lady with the brilliance of his large steel buttons.


Friday, June 24, 2011

The Holy Grail of Button Collecting!

“Took the Stuttard Cow to Will McEwens bull this morning and cultivated corn twice in a row second time remainder of the forenoon.  Worked on the road drawing crushed stones this afternoon.  Father worked in the potatoes this afternoon.  They are just coming up.”

The Holy Grail of button collecting.  Check out this site on George Washington Inaugurals:


Thursday, June 23, 2011

How about a parade?

“Cultivated up about one acre of corn south of the gravel road and dragged it over the forenoon. After dinner I drilled in some beans on the ground and rolled it.”

The Fourth of July will be here soon.  Time for Parades.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Button Bonanza!

"The casting for the stone crusher came last night and it was started this morning and I worked on the road all day."

I am going to another Button sale this weekend check it out:


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A little croquet?

“I finished cultivating the corn twice in a row one way about 4 o’clock.  Went down to Frank Murriro’s and got his drawing colt after that.  Very warm.”

After the Ice Cream Social, how about a little croquet?

Monday, June 20, 2011

How About An Ice Cream Social?

“Cultivated corn all day.  Lettie and I went to the ice-cream social this evening.”

Sounds like a good idea to me!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

“Went on the road this morning but the crusher broke about half past eight and I cultivated corn twice in a row rest of the day from about 10 o’clock.  Very warm.”

The quintessential TV Dad:   Eugene Hugh Beaumont (February 16, 1909 – May 14, 1982) was an American actor and television director. He was also licensed to preach by the Methodist church. Beaumont is best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver, the husband of June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) and the father of Wally (Tony Dow) and Beaver (Jerry Mathers) on the television series, Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963).

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Great Find of the Day!!!

A wonderful Victorian Charm String that I purchased today.  It is over 2 feet long and has more than 200 buttons on it.  Please look at my blog on February 26 some interesting information on Victorian Charm Strings.

Friday, June 17, 2011


“Worked all day on the road drawing stones to the crusher.  Very warm day.”
I can not look at this picture with out thinking about Alfalfa from the "Our Gang" comedies.


Carl Dean "Alfalfa" Switzer (August 7, 1927 – January 21, 1959) was an American child actor, professional dog breeder and hunting guide, most notable for appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as Alfalfa, one of the series' most popular and best-remembered characters.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Crusher!

“I finished cultivating the corn once in a row each way about 10 o’clock and the crusher came about that time and I went and helped about setting it up.  They crushed stone this afternoon and I worked with the team and wagon.”

A crusher is a machine designed to reduce large rocks into smaller rocks, gravel, or rock dust. Crushers may be used to reduce the size, or change the form, of waste materials so they can be more easily disposed of or recycled, or to reduce the size of a solid mix of raw materials (as in rock ore), so that pieces of different composition can be differentiated.  Crushing devices hold material between two parallel or tangent solid surfaces, and apply sufficient force to bring the surfaces together to generate enough energy within the material being crushed so that its molecules separate from (fracturing), or change alignment in relation to (deformation), each other. The earliest crushers were hand-held stones, where the weight of the stone provided a boost to muscle power, used against a stone anvil. Querns and mortars are types of these crushing devices.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Von Trapps

“I cultivated corn all day.”

These children remind me of the Von Trapp family

Here are the real Von Trapps.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cultivating Corn.

“I cultivated corn all day.  Got it all done one way and about 20 rows the other way.  Has been very warm and pleasant.”

This picture was taken in the 1930s.  This was probably high technology compared to what see was using.

A Longjohn! It's not what you think.

"Finished planting in corn this morning and pulled some long john in the wheat.  Cultivated corn this afternoon.  Very pleasant day."

  • Long-John, A type of freight bicycle, it has a low-slung basket for carrying heavy loads. Due to its low center of gravity it can carry 100 kg

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Having a problem with crows?

“I helped Lettie wash this forenoon.  After dinner, I went up and planted in corn where the crows pulled it out.  Crows and Black Birds are very bad this year.  Has been a very pleasant day.”

Perhaps our girl should have hired Buster Keaton to be a Scarecrow for her.  This picture is from his 1920 movie "The Scarecrow.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Horse Drawn Buggies

“Finished planting potatoes and rolled the ground this forenoon.  This afternoon, I put away the markets and washed two buggies.  Father took the coverer home to Frank Muraro’s and brought his roller down from the lot.  Will helped me drop the potatoes.”

Do you think that this is the type of buggy our girl is talking about.  Check out this link for an interesting article on Horse Drawn Buggies:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A fine lithograph button

“I marked the potato ground this morning and cut some seed before dinner.  Will and his man came over and helped me drop and we plowed nearly two thirds of the piece.  Another very fine day.”

A fine example of a lithograph button.  You can find this button as well as many others for sale on my site:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Showing a little leg!

“We finished plowing for potatoes this forenoon and fitted it this afternoon.  Will sent a team over and helped me all day.  Very fine day and warm”

A Classic picture from the 1940s