1826 or so!
who uda thunk !!
That shop's stock was mostly handmade stuff that we'd kill for today.
I began collecting telephone insulators in the 60's and vividly
remember many snooty antique store owners looking over the
tops of their half-glasses and telling me that THOSE were NOT
antiques, that they were "junk", and that ANTIQUES were at least
100 years old, urging me to go crawl back under whatever rock
I came out from under !
I can't imagine what an antique store would have stocked for
inventory in 1925. Even within my lifetime, the collecting of old
stuff was the reserved ground of eccentrics and other social odd-
balls, or the chance hoardings of Depression survivors.
Today, people "collect" stuff made last month to be marketed TO
collectors specifically as "designated collectibles" !
I'll bet that store had George Washington's axe, only at that time, the head had only been replaced once, and the handle twice!
I wonder whether that picture might have been taken on a very windy day. The two visible pedestrians look as though they're fighting to stay upright.
Herb, that is real close to my old home town and my county seat.
That is also the town where many WW-I ambulance bodies were made.
What information is on the back of the card?
The back says :
Looking Up State Street from 528 Jefferson County
The photo is interesting. There seems to be double lamp posts many beside each other. Maybe one is gas and the other electric?
When I was a kid in the late 1960s, I knew a man and wife in their 70s who had been in the antique business since the late 1930s. The man once told me that when he started out in the antique business he was mainly looking for items produced in the 1700s and special things from the early 1800s. He said that items from the late 1800s were just used junk.
Seems antiques, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
It's all a matter of perspective. About 25 years ago a young lady told me her uncle had a car that was "really old". It was a '68 Nova. A picture circulating on Facbook shows a floor dimmer switch. Like if you know what it is; Share if you've used one.
Just think! In years to come antiques will be the lap top or I phone your using and will be collectible.
People who remember this era will fondly remember their free Obama phone and pay a premium for an original! Some will anyway.
Folks are already telling me that my flip-phone is an antique.
Lived next to that town most of my life
I still miss the floor dimmer switch! I wish they were still in use.
Here is a birdhouse my great-grandfather and grandfather built right down the road from Watertown, in New Bremen. I wonder whatever happened to it! That would be a real antique! They used it to house a whole colony of Purple Martin birds.
That is one huge birdhouse, I wonder how many hours it took to build it.
Norm, Are you a native of Northern NY ?
I have lived in St Law County all my life, so far. Watertown is the go to shopping destination for most everyone in this area. I have driven through New Bremen many times, although not in my "T".I would expect antiques in the 1920s would have been stuff from the late 1700s or early 1800s.
In the United States, the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, held in Philadelphia, is generally credited with creating an interest in "antiques". Popular antiques were: spinning wheels, cooper bed warmers, butter churns, dry sinks, pewter ware, etc.
Two restoration projects of the 1920's also helped spur the public's interest in things "antique": the Rockefeller's restoration of Colonial Williamsburg and Henry Ford's recreation of the Edison Laboratory at what would become Greenfield Village.
Hey guys, is a dimmer switch that floor mounted, foot operated switch which was used to change the headlights from high beam to low beam and back? If it is, we called that a dip switch, because it was used to dip the headlight high beam to low beam.
Allan from down under.
Allan - yup.
Good thing Henry (the other one) didn't use a floor dimmer switch on our T's. There are already too many thing to do with our feet.
It wouldn't have worked worth a hoot with my gas lamps.
I was born in Hollywood California. The grandparents came to Los Angeles from New York State before 1900. I have only been to New Bremen and Watertown once in my lifetime. Since New York was a colony during colonial days, I'm sure that some of the antiques come from before the Revolutionary war. The family was in New York state from before the revolution and one of my ancestors fought in that war.
Every time I go into Watertown, I come in on State street and usually go home that way, that is if I do not get lost in the big city.
My T interest comes from the general interest in steam era technology. It's the
wonderful interweaving of Victorian art craft (no self respecting piece of cast iron
doesn't have some intricate detail !) and the way hardware was often combinations
of brass, wood, glass, cast iron and often involved spoked wheels, knobs, and
artfully finished dials, gauges, etc.. So much had a "spider-like" delicacy to it's
Growing up, I never could understand how most people thought this stuff was
junk and just plain ugly. At least, back then, people knew what it was. Anymore,
people are bewildered by it. Lost in a paradigm of "App 2.0" thinking. If it isn't
electronic, what is it ??? 8^O !!!
Having been a computer geek from the start, I had tons of worthless junk stored in my shed. When I finally decided to haul it to the dump a few years ago, I tried ebay just for fun. I sold a few early '80's IBM PC's to a collector in Japan. Those are now collectable antiques.