100 years ago we looked forward to the simpler things in life. A nice smoke after a lovely meal, a clean-shaven face and the smell of aftershave, and… well, we’ll save the last one for last. It’s been awhile since last we visited the Metchosin School House Museum and explored all the wonderful treasures on display there, so today we are going to continue our long running photoblog series “Olde School” with a return visit to see some antique items.
I hate needles. And things with a moniker of “straight razor”. They just make me queasy. But I do love antiques! I can honestly say that if today my only option for shaving was these pieces of apparatus, Mrs. Toad would be kissing a permanently hairy face. Thankfully, that’s not the case. But back in the time, men used a straight razor just like this with a shaving mug and a big poofy shaving brush. I can remember a time when my dad used things just like this, and one of my favorite things to do was to play with it all. I loved the way the brush felt and the smell from years of shaving cream, and it was fun to pretend I had to shave, just like my dad.
All these years later now, I use an electric shaver and the entire act of shaving is one of those things that I could apply the time spent every day doing something else. Pretty much anything else, really. I shouldn’t complain, though, my electric razor has bells and lights and the odds of it causing a major accident resulting in my untimely demise is slim to none. I guess we call this progress.
Antique tin boxes that smell of old tobacco… how wonderful! I used to smoke a long, long time ago, and used a lighter much like the one we see in this picture. It used some form of liquid fuel that really had a distinct smell that over time you’d get used to and wouldn’t really notice anymore. I just love the weathering on these old tins, it’s fun to think of the people who used and loved these items all those years ago. After a wonderful family meal, would dear old dad grab his smoking gear and head for the parlor for an after-dinner imbibe? Or were these items loved and used by one of the loggers that worked so hard on the island here during those times? Or perhaps it was a mechanic? The stories behind these items may be long forgotten, but the allure these antiques have on people is most certainly not.
And our final shot before we leave you for the day is of this respirator. It was a rather odd item to find in the museum, but it definitely qualifies with its antique status. As we were photographing this item we were trying to figure out who might have owned it and what its original purpose was for. Some of the things we came up with were entertaining to say the least. I am afraid most of them have left my mind at the moment, all that remains behind is the memory of a good time.
One of the very best parts about our visit to the museum on this particular afternoon was how quickly the time flew. Each item we spent time with had its own story, and each one made our imaginations run wild trying to grasp the nature of this story. Some are rather obvious, and others are most certainly not. The best part is coming away with a deeper understanding of our world by exploring the past that gave rise to the current. No matter what your age or interest, there is most certainly something on display here to capture the imagination. The first step begins with a visit.
Thank you all so much for your kind visit today, we really do appreciate it. As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have. Until next time, my friends!!