Thursday, March 31, 2011


Round shaped vintage bottles 
with their embossed lettering on the side are worth 

quite a bit more than when they were first made.

  Apparently, this style of  milk bottle was replaced 
by a different style around the 1930's.

  The round shaped milk bottles were replaced by square shaped milk bottles 

and embossing gave way to pyroglazed, or painted labels that are heat set. 
The embossing or the painted label usually 
identified the dairy, the town and the state. 
Most bottles were made from clear glass, so a customer 
could see at a glance that the milk was still good. 
Colored milk bottles were hardly 
ever used, and as such are quite rare.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * 
When Lin Cooper was in high school in the early 1930’s 
he lived in Pocatello, Idaho. He and his uncles, Jim and Buster, 
got a job milking cows. There was no barn so they would 
catch the cows and milk them in the corral. 
 They got a contract to deliver the milk to the C.C.C. Camps. 
Their sorrel horse, Dan, became so familiar with the 
delivery route that he could stop at all the right places by himself.

  Joe and Lin Cooper on their horses in Pocatello, Idaho 

Lin’s dad also leased seven acres of farm land 
near the Portneuf River and planted it in onions. 
 Old Dan got loose and got into the onion fields.
 He ate so many of the onions that all his hair fell out.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I received a request from a grandson to send photos of something I used when I was a child.  Specifically he wanted pictures and more information on the enamel containers that held arrangements of silk flowers at my house.   Anything for the grandkids, right?  So I pulled out the flowers and dusted off the containers and sent along photos and this information gathered from the internet and personal experience.

Chamber Pot
A chamber pot is a small pot, usually ceramic, designed to fit under a bed or in a discreet closed stool. Chamber pots are not as widely used as they once were, having largely been replaced by indoor toilets. However, in the era when going to the bathroom involved a trek to the outdoors, people who needed to go to the bathroom at night would use the chamber pot to urinate, and empty it in the morning. In homes which had a household staff, a maid would empty the chamber pots as part of her morning chores.

The basic design of a chamber pot involves a pot deep enough to hold urine without splashing, and a secure lid. Usually, a chamber pot has handles so that it can be carried easily.

A common place for a chamber pot is under the bed, as it is a convenient and ready location. Another name for chamber pot or potty was “gozunder,” probably because it “goes under” the bed. Larger gallon size chamber pots were often called “thunder mugs.”
During the day, members of the household would be expected to use the privy or bathroom, unless they were ill. The chamber pots from the night before would be emptied and scrubbed before being replaced in the bedrooms. Commonly, chamber pots would have been emptied into the privy, but some households simply threw the contents out the window, to the peril of anyone below. This practice came to be frowned upon, because it fouled the streets.

Someone else's story:  A sweet young woman found one of the large "thunder mugs" complete with lid at a second hand store. She bought it, took it home and shined it up.  She wasn't sure of its original use, but it was just the right size to hold the chili she was taking to church social.  For some reason the older people in the congregation couldn't bring themselves to try her cooking.

My own true story:  I grew up in a four room house with no bathroom until we "upgraded" when I was in my teens.  We had a privy out back about fifty yards from the house, and we kept a small chamber pot, or potty, under our bed so we didn’t have to run out in the dark or bad weather.  One of the kids was assigned the chore of carrying the full container out to dump in the outhouse.  One night we saw visitors coming to our door.  We knew the potty was full and stinky.  Mother told my big brother to hurry and take it out the back way and dump it.  But the visitors came to the back door and were standing on the step getting ready to knock when my brother almost ran into them carrying the full potty.

Monday, March 28, 2011


When the "spring" snow dumps on Idaho
the trees just give up and stick their heads in the ground.

Nothing shows but their tighty whiteys.

But the marketing people are really smart.

They put things like this near the place where 
a person has to stand in line 
and wait for drugs at the pharmacy.

And they send catalogs like this to
snowbound artists.