Friday, January 25, 2008

Photo Hunt--Theme: Old-Fashioned

On our way to Vancouver a couple of weeks ago we stopped and visited a small museum. The volunteer docent guided us around the collection explaining the old-fashioned items on display and their connection to local history. The visit was quite interesting. There were a number of items similar to ones we have in our own home, handed down from one side of the family or the other. There were also a number of items which I have actually seen IN USE in recent years--in other parts of the world.


Knowing that "Old Fashioned" was coming up, I combed my photo files to find pics of those items and a couple of others that were not in the museum. These pictures are from my trip to India in 2000 and our journey across Siberia in 1998. With all the technology available to us today, there are people still doing very well with the old-fashioned methods.

No video games here! These boys at the boys' home played chess, checkers, and caroms. I had not seen a carom board since my youth. I wonder where ours ended up.


Then there's the old fashioned slate. This was required in the school bag for these first graders in the school in southern India. Shoes were not. If you enlarge the photo you can see more closely that, like first graders everywhere often do, this little girl sometimes reverses her "9".


The museum had many old tools, especially farming tools and construction tools. This entrepreneur in an Indian city was ready with his foot powered grinding wheel to maintain those tools for you.



No, we did not see anyone doing laundry in the river at the museum. Their old-fashioned washing machine was modernity itself in comparison.



Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water--as did these children seen here in Siberia in 2000. In several rural areas there we found wells like these --and other forms of outdoor plumbing in daily use.


The museum collection sported a hay rake. The docent was quite fascinated with it, as we were when we saw them in use along the Trans-Siberian Railway route just ten years ago.

29 comments:

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

All of those are great examples of old fashioned items and technology still being used today. Our human dad is an officer in the Canadian Forces, and he has frequently had to do his laundry the old fashioned way when deployed on missions!

Dragonheart & Merlin

carolinespicturepages.com said...

Great collection of photos for today. Makes me glad that I am here and now. Except for the games. I totally agree with the video games. Kids today are going to have such fond memories.

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Yen said...

WOW! Those are amazing photos of all old fashioned things and sights! Thanks for sharing:)

Teena said...

So different from what we are used to.

Thanks for stopping by mine!

g_mirage said...

Great input! I grew up in the 80's...back in the Philippines we played games that we made ourselves, games that include running and not our fingers doing the exercise...we had video games too but the time spent outside home playing with soil is better =D Thanks for making me remember.

Utah Mommy said...

Oh yeah these photos shows old fashion indeed! great hunt for the theme! Have a lovely weekend!

Stine said...

Great choices all for the theme. Maybe they have more of what we've lost... time...
We do take a lot of things for granted.

Carver said...

This was a very interesting post. You got some great photographs. Perfect for the theme.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Katney, Wow... thanks for sharing such cool photos for old fashioned..You really traveled afar...You are welcome to come back and visit me anytime...Baba

Paulie said...

I don't even have to leave my home to see the world because of you and your photos! THANKS!

Dawn said...

Those are very nice old-fashioned pictures. Yes, I remember those day playing chess and checkers with my brother and grandfather.

jams o donnell said...

What a great collection of photos. I will have to do the trans siberian before I die. Happy weekend

JO said...

nice pictures!

Inland Empire Girl said...

Very good photos for the theme. It is amazing how much we take for granted. I will remember the shot by the water when I complain about doing laundry with a modern machine.

Sandy C. said...

Wow! those were fabulous shots! And yes, very old fashioned. Great job :)

Jessica said...

Great photos again Katney!!! As always, a pleasure to stop by!

eph2810 said...

Some awesome photos you are sharing for this week's theme.

Have a great Sunday.

mama meji said...

Thanks for showing these lovely pics. The well remind me of ours. Believe it or not, we didn't convert our old well despite the availability of water from a legit sources. We still use it for watering our plants.

Dragonstar said...

Don't like the idea of washing ny clothes in a muddy river! Mind, thinking of the state of my old wash-tub after the weekly jeans-scrub, what's the difference?!
Great pictures.

Aileni said...

We had a hay rake on our island - I must look in the local agri supplies to see if they are still available.
Great pics.
A.

alpha said...

WOW! not only these are old-fashioned, these are also very informative and interesting. thanks for sharing.

pinkjagxj said...

Beautiful photos that tell the story of, for me, another culture. I love learning about other cultures.
I've been working at trying to get my grandson's away from video games. Kid's need to use their imaginations more.
Good photos and thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

LibertyBelle said...

Too many photos to comment on - but nice photos!
Happy Weekend
L

Dragonstar said...

Back to day thanks - found the date and place of manufacture of my sewing machine. Wonderful to know this at last!

Expat Traveler said...

Oh wow - now you've done your hunting homework! What a great tour...

Heart of Rachel said...

Great choices for the theme. I think the absence of video games is good in a way because students can concentrate more on their studies. Nowadays, children spend way too much time on TV and video games.

It's good to see people who are happy and contented in life despite slow technological advances where they live.

Stephen said...

love your photographs thank you for the visit

farmingfriends said...

Lots of interesting photos. i am particularly interested in the hay rake. sara from farmingfriends

Ananda Niyogi said...

Thanks for visitng my post and expressing your views on this. After reading your comment and your post I felt that you had experienced India beyond the 'snakecharmer/slums/cowsontheroad India' routine. With the world getting smaller and people coming closer each day, I personally feel very strongly about tolerance and the need for understanding different cultures with an open mind. When I went to the US (Minnesota) last year, I also got an understooding first hand that the real America was so much different from the way it is portrayed in popular movies & media.

Rgds
Ananda