Someone, light me on fire… please. We’re just digging out from a rather nasty blizzard here on Vancouver Island today and I find myself longing for things of fire and warmth. Toads get chilled easily, and with no opposing thumbs to use in the creation of fire we tend to gravitate towards items that are warm this time of year.
We’re heading back to the Metchosin Pioneer Museum today in our running photoblog series “The Antiques Toad Show“. Today’s post is going to take a look at several antique items we found on our adventures the day we had full access to the facility after-hours. It was a really fun day finding and exploring in the museum, which is full to the rafters of great items and artifacts to enjoy.
Those who follow our blog on a regular basis know well of my love for the beautiful Mrs. Toad. Typically she is the only one who can get my fire going, but today we take a look at something else entirely.
Who here doesn’t like a nice flamethrower? If you can drive it, or it sets stuff on fire, we love it here at The Hollow. This is an antique blowtorch, probably used in the early days of welding and metal repair and prefabrication. As we can see in this image, it is weathered and appears to be well used, but does remain in pretty good condition overall.
To me this unit appears to run on liquid fuel of some type. I am sure one of our readers here could probably add some information in regards to this classic piece, and we’d be grateful for that.
The textures and weathering in this piece are just wonderful. Modern torches are more often than not made to use a gas, like propane or acetylene. This is probably rooted somewhat in safety, as it’s pretty easy to imagine someone from these times accidentally lighting themselves, their loved ones and/or precious items on fire with such a simple unit.
Here we have another torch we found during our expedition. Slightly different in design but fundamentally the same, this piece had some truly interesting weathering evident. It presented an item of interest that was too good to pass by.
As we went about doing our shoot on the day we were at the museum, we were truly struck by the profound nature of some of the pieces. In many cases you can almost feel the energy of the people who used and owned these artifacts in the time they were prevalent, and we find that it’s really important to document these items to preserve them for the generations that follow. I have no doubt that during the time these were in active use, the owners didn’t give second thought to the historical importance of them… but I can honestly tell you that now, all these years later, they held the imagination of a Toad and a Mudpuppy quite captive.
And on that note, it’s time to go and warm up a tad here. I just saw a penguin making it’s way across the parking lot… I must go ask it how it stays warm in this climate…
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