This is a Ford model R. Based on the Model N. I didn't know they existed. Ford made 2500 of them. After readers identified the bee smoker and the berry pickers, I again thought of so many items out there that defined life a century or so ago. They are startling, ingenious or not, sometimes funny. This picture came in an email with a bunch of statistics which I'll share with you. We stopped in Spokane for Jim to take an eye test for his driver's license. We parked just west of Spokane at a little place called Airway Heights for the night.
The Model R was built in 1910 and here are some statistics from 1910:
Telling a woman how many petticoats she could wear seems bizarre as do most of these rules.
This is the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886. Doesn't look like they were overwhelmed with traffic.
A hunting camp in 1893. Railroads, and logging camps used to hire hunters to feed the men who worked far from cities. It took a lot of meat but the meat was plentiful.
And this phone is a telephone for the blind and deaf. It works like a teletype. It turns the words into braille. Ingenious.
You think of a prosthesis of today, titanium, comfortable, athletes can climb mountains, ride bike, run marathons and play basket ball after losing a foot. I'm sure this gentleman was grateful to be able to walk at all. I always thought peg-legs were the province of pirates.
We're on our way for a stay on a pretty lake at Coulee City near the Coulee dam. But, it is a play catch-up day, with nothing planned. My email does not work in or out even after two hours on the phone with AT&T last night. It worked last night when I hung up the phone, (isn't that trite? We don't "hang up" anymore.) but not this morning. Dang.