Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Old Farm

Cat Week continues on OPOD with this picture of an old homestead on a farm in Washington state. The picture was made in 1908. Notice the cat up on the beam of the log cabin. The guns, butter churn and spinning wheel reminds us of the self sufficient lifestyle of the first part of the last century.


  1. Never seen so big spinning wheel!

    This song was very popular in Finland - in Finnish:


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  3. I like how that skinny dog is giving that cat the eye.
    I use to wonder how cats could get to places like the roof beam. But after having cats for a bunch of years, not any more.
    They seem to like being up high so that they can keep an eye on anything that moves.
    They are pretty well fearless when it comes to heights.

  4. Here is the Finnish version, sung by Olavi Virta, the greatest singer in Finland in 50-60's:


  5. Ode to a Shedding Cat

    I think that I shall never see

    A cat that sheds as much as thee

    Thy fur that sticks is all around

    On chairs, on mats in little mounds

    I sweep the floor, you shed some more

    I wash the rug and you just shrug

    You should give thanks I tolerate that

    Or you would be a crew-cut cat.

    -- Author Unknown

  6. I think the dog is watching the thing which is swinging in the wind on the corner of the barn. A lantern?

  7. Do you think that is their barn or their house?

  8. The dog is watching a striped cat jumping/climbing up to where the other cat is, mostly a blur.

    What an awesome picture, and with the spinning wheel, and the musket and shotgun ready in case of dangerous wild animals or people, or if dinner walked by.

    Definitely self sufficient people.

  9. I have a spinning wheel that big in my home. They were actually called walking wheels someone once told me. The more interesting part of the photo is the "weasel" or yarn winder, that is on the beam of the spinning wheel. Itis used to measure skeins of yarn. The old fairy tale "Pop goes the weasel" supposedly is a song they used to sing to measure out the skeins of yarn. (That bit of info is courtesy of the docents at "Slater's Mill in Providence, RI!)


  10. Early rural photographs were rarely candid. Having a photograph taken was a big deal, and virtually all of them were posed with the people wearing their Sunday best, and displaying all their wealth.
    I remember one picture, taken out on the plains somewhere, that they had even moved their piano outdoors, and gathered their livestock, for the picture.


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