Wednesday, January 27, 2010

VINTAGE THINGIE THURSDAY

When I was very little around 3 or 4, my Mom and Dad and me lived with my paternal Grandparents on the old family homestead.


I've been told that I was Grandma's Buddy. Grandma and I would do chores, walk down to the pond and feed the fish and check out the property.


I do have a picture of her and me together, although I really can't remember her, this picture was taken in 1949 or 1950.


The only way they washed clothes was by hand and Grandma used a "clothes stomper" to get out stains.


One day I went missing, no one could find me in any of the farm buildings, so they started searching the property.


My favorite thing to carry around was the clothes stomper. While they were looking for me, they heard a noice down by the pond and found me circling the pond dragging the stomper.


When I was an adult my Dad purchased this stomper for me at an estate sale. Everytime I see it I remember my Dad and the old farm.


Ann


16 comments:

Maureen said...

Awwww....sweet story.

Bea said...

Great story. I've never heard these called clothes stompers.

Roslyn said...

Just when you think you've seen it all! This is amazing!

Vonlipi said...

Sweet memories. That is a cute picture of you and your grandma.

~~Carol~~ said...

Great story, and a great picture of you and your Grandma! I always loved wash day when we were visiting my grandparents. They had the old wringer washer, and I had so much fun feeding the clothes into the wringer!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Maggie B said...

Lovely story & photo of you & Granny. How sweet of your Dad to get you your own stomper!!That's what memories are made of.
~Maggie~

Postcardy said...

That's a cool picture. I lived in the city so I never knew about clothes stompers or that people were still washing by hand at such a late date.

Mrs. P. said...

I love this! I have an old washboard and now I'm thinking I need a stomper too :)

Blessings!
Gail

CC said...

Hi Ann,
Such sweet,sweet memories. I think I was my grandmothers buddy also,and I remember her so well. Loved your post,and I've become a follower..I'll hafta come back and see more of your blog..Happy VTT,have a wonderful weekend.

Patti said...

wonderful story and fabulous photo of you and your grandmother!

LV said...

What a wonderful post you have for today's VTT. I really enjoyed the old photo and the story behind it. Very interesting. I have seen these items you call a stomper, but did not know they were called that. Don't forget to check out Pink Saturday as I am going to feature you on it.

Jane said...

What a wonderful story. That picture of you and your grandmother is priceless!! We've come a long way since using a stomper to wash our clothes (thank goodness!)
Jane

GardenofDaisies said...

I have never heard of a clothes stomper before. this post was so interesting! What a wonderful picture of you and your Grandma.

Coloradolady said...

I have never seen anything like this...imagine the work involved! sorry I am so late, I want to throw my computer in the street.....Happy VTT!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a sweet story. I've seen those before but I wasn't quite sure what they were for. Thank you for sharing!

Jan Ranllo-Pfeifer said...

That is a SWEET story Ann. These are the stories that need to be put in a book. This blog is a wonderful way to get something in writing. VERY NICE!!!

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