History in Scraps

Today for 31 days of scraps I’m going to look at History. History isn’t just found in hard to read, boring history books. There are scraps of history left-over all around us.  Scraps of tools, toys, and buildings from the past.

Like this wringer from a washing machine from the past. Before the fancy washer/dryer combinations found in many homes today, the wringer washer and clothes line was the popular clothes-cleaning method. Of course, many mothers also used a washboard, similar to those found behind the wringer. Before that it was rocks.

Some of the homes from history are left standing. Homes that are no longer in use and are merely a relic from a time gone by. They are little more than scraps of lumber still hanging on.


Buildings that once held bustling businesses that the mothers, and fathers of long ago once  frequented  are today mere skeletons of their former self. Scraps remaining from the history of a town. This building once house a country store. Providing food, and other necessities of life to those living far from a larger town.  Later it was used as a hair saloon for the ladies in the rural area, as is evidenced by the sign. Today, it’s a scrap of history, and a storage spot items needing shelter from the weather, but not needed to be immediately available.

Of course, while the women were busy keeping their homes and families in order, men were working hard too. Some of them had office jobs, others, worked in the field. Many of the scraps from their past are still in use today. Some of them have been lovingly restored by the men of today, and are exhibited at shows.

While mothers were cleaning clothes using their hands, and the wringer above, and fathers were sweating to feed their families, children were playing outside with whatever was available. Like this tire swing. The tire swing is a double scrap. It’s a scrap of history from the past, and it was made with tires no longer usable on vehicles. While the tire swing is a scrap from the past, it’s also still in use today and available for today’s child to play on.

Scraps of  history are all around us. We don’t often realize it. Have you used, or seen a piece of history recently?




3 thoughts on “History in Scraps

  1. salindabarnard

    I’m blessed to be surrounded by some of our scraps from history–not the junk and not the really nice antiques (as if we had any!), but pieces that were used and loved. I have my great grandmother’s rocking chair. it’s the same chair I sat in during my time-outs as a little girl. My grandfather’s parson’s bench, the chalk board from the old farm house, my grandmother’s cookie jar…these are the pieces that my children now see and use everyday!

  2. vetteklisa

    I am a major fan of history, I guess you would say. We just bought an old 1935 farmhouse and we own 3 classic 1960’s vehicles. Plus this last Saturday, we went to the Old Time Harvest Days in Chillicothe, MO. They had all kinds of old tractors, lawnmowers, steam engines, some restored, some not. They also had a small quilt show. We had a blast.

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