American Girl Club Offers Blend of Fun, History and Education
Peggy Bradbury St. Charles Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
The dozen members of the American Girl Club and their siblings were stumped, trying to guess the name and the purpose of a brass spittoon. Was it a flower pot? Could it be a wash basin?
A parent, Susan Hammond, gave them a clue: "It's associated with a disgusting habit."
Giggling, one child immediately guessed it was used as a potty.
Not quite. Hammond explained that in the early 1900s, spittoons were kept handy for tobacco chewers to spit in. The explanation seemed to mystify the kids, who apparently are not fans of major league baseball.
The spittoon was among 24 antiques used for an educational guessing game at Hammond's home in Weldon Spring, …
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