Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Front Yard Object Identified

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Front Yard Object Identified

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In Shavings last fall, Tina Sawyers of Independece, Kansas, wrote that she found a small, mysterious object buried about eight inches deep in her parent's front yard. Val Berryman was able to identify it.

Dear Tina,

I was glancing through the Sept./Oct. 2000 issue of Shavings from the Early American Industries Association and saw your letter about the brass object that you found. I imagine someone has identified it for you by now, but if not, here goes. We have a box full of such objects here at the Michigan State University Museum. They are picture frame hangers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The biggest hook on the hanger slipped over a piece of horizontal moulding that was nailed to the wall about a foot down from the ceiling and circled the room. Back then they hung their framed items from very long wires. Today we would call that ugly but it saved driving nails in the walls and it was easy to lift the hook off the moulding and move it elsewhere. …

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