Herman Munster’s Lunch Can
Herman was a big man of course, so he had to have a big lunch can for his job at the graveyard. Digging was hard work after all. Somehow over the years we ended up with it at our place, or at least that’s what Eric called it.
It was, and is of course an old time sewing machine. Its a little dusty in this picture, not had it out in a while. But old as it is, its still used fairly regularly here. One mother’s day way back when I was still in school, we gave mom an electric one. But it was too new to her, and getting lessons was both inconvenient and expensive, so it ended up being returned.
I’m not sure how old it is, at one time a date was visible on it, but its worn off now. Its well over 100 years old at any rate as I remember the date being 18 something.
My mom got it as a gift from Aunt Fanny Phillips who lived up on the hill near us, where uncle Lionel Kelley lived later on. Aunt Fanny was before my time, but from all reports she was a dear old lady.
Its definitely stood up over the years, I remember mom sewing patterns on it, and still nowadays hems clothes and makes drapes and quilts with it. Of course an eager little helper who doesn’t realize the machine is over 100 years older than her doesn’t hurt. 🙂
The sound of that hand crank whirring over and over was the backdrop to many a winter afternoon, and the sewing machine and its case a constant source of amusement. Not a lot of things stand the test of time like it has.
Raised in outport Newfoundland in a town of 65 people, I pursued a post secondary diploma in Information Technology right out of High School.
I’ve always been a geek at heart, but yet I love the rural life I grew up with. Fishing, hunting, camping and the great outdoors are still loves of mine, even if I don’t pursue them as often as I once did. Sports were always a big part of our lives, and I played many (badly) and loved them all.
Herman Munster’s Lunch Can
- Bare MountainAs you come down over the hill along by the cemetery in Apsey Brook, looking straight ahead and way way down, you’ll see a bare rock face off in the distance. I’m not sure if this has a real name, but I always called it Bare Mountain, and as a …
- Party LinesNowadays if you hear someone deep breathing on the phone, its likely an obscene phone call. Back in the day though, you were likely to hear several at once. I remember when we got our first telephone, back in those days all of the island was on the Hickman’s exchange, …
- March of DimesShort post, but for whatever reason, was driving along somewhere today, and something jogged my memory of the March of Dimes, or more specifically, the little folder we got at school (I think). It wasn’t exactly like the one pictured, I think it held more dimes for one thing, but …