Reading Hardware No. 78 Apple Parer

Autumn is here... From the 1885 Reading Hardware catalog.  Manufactured through 1993 and brought back into production shortly thereafter by Lehman's.  I grew up using one of these. Now, it looks like something a Steampunk engineer would create to use as many moving parts as possible.  It was a more interesting kitchen in those days … Continue reading Reading Hardware No. 78 Apple Parer

Victory Gardens

Springtime is just around the corner.  Now that we're in a more hospitable growing environment, I feel obligated to get a better garden growing.  Of course, it is some work but the payoff, even for a small garden more than justifies the effort. It's always a good time to grow food. In times of crisis, … Continue reading Victory Gardens

Edwardian Camp Equipment

This is a re-post from an earlier entry.  Say what you will about British imperial policy of the 19th and 20th centuries.  They certainly worked out minimalist travel with a fair amount of style and comfort on a very personal level.  These old catalogs give some great ideas for camp living. From The Army and … Continue reading Edwardian Camp Equipment

Edwardian Camp Equipment

From The Army and Navy Co-operative Society Store, London 1907 Waiting for the plumbers gave me a few minutes to put up this post.  This is a lot more than a bunch of nifty images (but it is that as well).  There are some excellent items here that should give some inspiration for fabricating some classic … Continue reading Edwardian Camp Equipment

Backyard Chickens

I've been lucky as a chicken owner for quite a few years.  Very few have been stolen by predators, and we've had very little illness.  Right now, with a dozen chickens both old and young, I get between three and six eggs per day with the occasional bonanza of eight.  That is, if I can … Continue reading Backyard Chickens