Sunday, July 4, 2010

Woman Ironing


Last week someone suggested we have a week of Domestic Activities, so here we go. Today's picture was taken in 1908, and shows a woman ironing with a new GE electric iron. An electric iron was a pretty big deal, compared to having to heat an iron on a hot wood stove.

OK, we did not have a correct answer in yesterday's mystery person contest, so I am the winner. OK, We have not had a correct answer, so I am the winner.  The lady in the picture was Isma Martin, a confidence/con lady from the late 1800's and early 1900's. The picture was from her police file. She had many scams, but one of her favorites was to ride into town on a bicycle, and then claim to be a representative of a bicycle company. She would take deposits and payments for bicycle orders, and guess what . . . She never delivered any bicycles. So, I am off to my victory breakfast. We will be going to our place on the South Concho River, about a mile from our house, and will be enjoying a big country breakfast.

14 comments:

  1. You've beat us again, PJM.
    Enjoy your special breakfast.

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  2. and it IS a postmortem picture, isn't it???

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  3. I think it's a mugshot, Judi, and
    Miss Martin is unwilling to comply.

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  4. Congratulations, PJM. Enjoy your breakfast! A picture of a woman cooking up a mess o'bacon would have been the perfect compliment to your victory breakfast!

    I have somewhere around here a magazine-like pamphlet from the 30s showing happy housewives how to properly do the laundry with a certain brand of product. It's one of my favorite things I ended up with from my grandmother's belongings.

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  5. Is it just me or is the cord plugged into the light socket? Would that have been normal?

    Congratulations, PJM and happy 4th of July everyone!

    Yesterdays picture does make me think postmortem.

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  6. Ross_from _MaineJuly 4, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Great Job PJM on the photo yesterday...

    Mug shot photo? Pure genius on your part...

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  7. I would almost think they didn't have very many wall plug-ins back in those days, and had to use plug-in adaptors for the wall lights..

    No sign of any new pea-chicks. It should almost be time for them to start to hatch.

    Have you got much done as far as drill your holes go yet?

    I still say she was one homely woman.

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  8. Roger,
    It has rained every day for the last 9 days. The guy with the drilling truck can not set up with rainy weather due to lightening threat. So, I sit waiting for a sunny day to get the holes dug. I have done everything I can do until the holes are drilled.
    PJM

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  9. Talefeather, part of my inheritance from my grandmother were two light sockets, an iron rest exactly like the one in the picture, a half dozen or so of the pamphlets Flartus mentions, and a partridge...no, that's something else. Sorry.

    The light sockets had a regular "screw in" on one end, similar to the business end of a lightbulb, with a receptical on the other end. If a house was wired for electricity after it was built, there might only be one or two outlets per room, so you had to make things do double duty. The only outlet in my grandmother's kitchen was on the back of the stove. We couldn't fry eggs and make toast at the same time, without blowing a fuse! One wire came in, wound from the living room to the dining room, the kitchen, and then upstairs to the bedrooms and bath. Too many lights on in the house made all the lights dim!

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  10. I have to admit, that's not the way I dress when I'm ironing.

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  11. Oh. M/S Matin you did it the hard way. If you were working today you could fly in to Wall Street or the Pentagon and do big business. If you made enough money, you would not have to worry about these ugly mug-shots.

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  12. How did women survive with their waists constricted so. There had to have been terrible things going on inside? Oh the agony women endure to keep up with fashions. I think that would make make a fun week, PJM. Funny clothing fashions from the past.

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  13. OK, I am embarrassed to admit this, but my house -which was built in 1909 and has the original wiring/electrical system- I have some of those outlet thingies that screw into a light socket. And I actually do use them for ironing too! Gotta love that old wiring, lol.

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  14. years ago we lived in a 300 year old house.My bedroom only had electricity from a dangling light fixture in the middle of the ceiling. So, I had an extension cord running from that, to run lights, radio, fan, whatever. When we moved in there was a fusebox in the basement with a penny melted into it!

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