Friday, January 16, 2015

WEIRD STUFF IN ANTIQUE STORES

The last couple of times Mom went antiquing, she didn't buy anything; she just took lots of pictures. Well, okay, she did buy one little thing, and it was a pin shaped like a chihuahua.  It only cost $2.95, so even after buying it, she had plenty of money left to buy dog food, and that is a good thing.


But now I will show you some of the stuff that Mom saw, like for instance, this set of teeth.  If you push the lever on the back, they open and close, just like real teeth do.  They're kind of creepy, if you ask me, especially because they look like they might have come out of a real, dead person's mouth.  I guess a dentist would keep these in his office to show you what teeth look like without the rest of your head around them.


And speaking of dead things, these cow skulls are all bleached out and ready to put in your garden, or whatever people do with such things.  A dog might like to chew on a cow skull, but only if it has some meat on it and is not so all dried out.  Oh, and you might notice that these skulls have teeth in them, too, but they are cow teeth and not human teeth.


This photo shows a knight and his bedpan.


Here's a little carriage that could be hitched up to a dog or maybe a pygmy goat.  I think it is very cute, but personally, I would rather ride in it instead of pulling it.


These are the stops on one of those old pump organs.  Another name for this kind of organ is harmonium.  It makes sounds by blowing air through reeds with a bellows.  If you want the organ to keep making sounds, you have to keep pumping the pedals.  This type of organ was popular in private homes and churches during the 19th century.  Using different stops could change the quality of the sound.  Pulling out all the stops made the organ really loud.


Here is a rock with character.  I know if has character because I read the tag!


I imagine that any bird would like living in these clay boots.


Here are some boots that are more decorative.  George and Martha Washington make up one pair.  Then there is another boot with a dog barking up at a squirrel or something.  Why would a dog do this on a ceramic cowboy boot?  That is a deep question I cannot answer.


Mom used to read Bobbsey Twins books when she was a kid.  Well, at first her mom had to read them to her because Mom didn't know how to read yet.  Anyway, it turns out that the Bobbsey Twins are much older than Mom or even Mom's mom.  The first book was published in 1904 by the Stratemeyer Syndicate.  There were 72 books in the original series, which ended in 1979.  Supposedly, a lady named Laura Lee Hope wrote all the books, but she didn't really, because there was no such person.  Instead, a bunch of different people wrote the books.  There was a second set of 30 books that were published from 1987 to 1992, but they weren't as popular as the ones in the original series.

There were two sets of Bobbsey twins.  Nan and Bert were the older pair, and Flossie and Freddie were the younger pair.  They had a mother, a father, two black servants, a cat named Snoop, and two dogs named Snap and Waggo.


This accordion used to belong to someone named Carmen.  It was very shiny and flashy.  I wonder whether Carmen could really play very well.  Did she play Mexican music, like in a mariachi band?  Whatever became of her?  It would be nice to know these things sometimes.


Here are two little raccoons wearing spectacles and carrying umbrellas.  They are salt-and-pepper shakers, which some people really like to collect.


Raggedy Ann was a character created by an American writer named Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938).  He wrote and illustrated a whole series of books for little kids.  Raggedy Ann has red yarn for hair and a triangle nose.  She was patented on September 7, 1915.  A book to go with the doll first came out in 1918.  It was called Raggedy Ann Stories, and it was very popular.  In 1920, Raggedy Andy Stories introduced Ann's brother, Raggedy Andy.  He wears a sailor suit and hat, but I don't think he has ever gone to sea.



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