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Friday, June 27, 2014

HOT PAD FOR AN OLD IRON -- "MAKE DO"


Found attached to an old wooden ironing board -- being used as a hot pad for an iron. Commercial truck licence almost hundred years old. Good example of a "make do."

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  1. Cute header...you've been working! I love the iron hot pad made from old license plate. Keep your eyes capturing such wonders!

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    1. Barb -- I have an IT guy for a son who helps and teaches me a lot. Otherwise I would be a flunky on the computer. Quite innovative "make do". Moving to an area that is rich is culture beginning tomorrow. Will probably be off-line for a couple weeks settling in. Then I will get out and start gathering photos and stories again. Isn't blogging a marvelous activity. -- thanks -- barbara

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  2. Innovation at its finest ... :) Love this.

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    1. Teresa -- To think that it has been on this old ironing board for many years. My daughter was the one who discovered this board. The story is that it belonged to an African American woman that took in ironing in a small town in Kentucky. She wore the board out where the plate is placed now. To me, this plate seemed the perfect answer to keeping the board in operation. thanks -- barbara

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    2. Barbara, Thank you so much for telling me the story that goes with that wonderful ironing board. I love knowing that. And the date on the plate adds so much history ...

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  3. Amazing that a lump of rusty metal can have so much character and soul - as well as being of many years service.

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    1. John -- I think like you -- this old plate has so much character and soul -- and secret stories. Would love to have known the woman that took in ironing and used this board for years. thanks -- barbara

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  4. Oh that's Wonderful!!! We've moved 14 times with the army, and saved every license plate. In a pinch, I suppose they could come in handy :)

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    1. Melissa -- That is a whole bunch of times. I hope you were carrying your camera with you during most of those times. Do you nail the plates up in your garage or family room or somewhere they are visible? A photo of them would be fun. thanks -- barbara

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  5. "Waste not want not" indeed!.....:)

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    1. troutbirder -- This "make do" was during a time when your quoted adage was the norm. Today many still need to recognize this norm. -- thanks -- barbara

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  6. Use it up, wear it out, make it do. Wonderful spot.

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    1. Joanne -- Like your full quote of a "make do." thanks for the nice comment -- barbara

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    1. Raining Iguana -- It is good to revisit what our ancestor practiced. -- thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  8. You (& your daughter) do have a talent for finding interesting little bits of Americana!!

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    1. Rita -- in nooks and crannies we find that bits of history abide in unsuspected places. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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  9. Wow! Love that idea. I love to recycle things.

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