My journey into the past and vintage living has taught me many things about how our recent mothers-fathers-men-women lived that is very different from today. Our world today is instantaneous, fast, and furious. I know that even for myself,when my computer starts chugging along, and downloading something on its own and I need to be uploading or getting something done on it, I go crazy. If I can't move around quickly on the computer it about drives me out of my mind. This is just one aspect of our fast life today.
We want our food to come out of the drive through FAST. We have drive through banking, prescriptions, weddings, and funerals!!!!
Those before us moved at a much slower pace. Things that mattered took time and they seemed willing to give it the proper time it needed. Wheat had to be grown and harvested, milled and only then could the bread be made. But not before it was kneaded and had risen a few times and then baked. But oh, the reward of a baked loaf of bread fresh out of the oven, maybe even with some hand-churned butter made from cream from the family cow. Yup, the family cow! I want me one of those. Today, if we can't get to the store and buy a loaf of bread in 5 minutes, we think it is too much time. What has happened to our world?
Another thing I have noticed, is that when they made something, whether it was bread, a sewing machine or a Thermos, it was made with care and quality. They put the best they had into making their products and they stood by them. That is why all my sewing friends can today still purchase a 100 year old sewing machine and still have it work. And it might just work better than a fancy shmancy new one, although it might take time to get it to do the same thing. No built in stitches. The machine will have to be adjusted and time will be taken to get it just right. Time to understand the workings of the machine so it can be cared for properly, oiled and lint and dust removed. But again, the reward of a beautiful stitch.
And that brings me to this lovely thermos that was left in our new home. I'm sure it was used by Mr. Rooney. It stood on a shelf along with a few other newer (1960's and 70's) thermos jugs and a metal lunch pail. Mr. Rooney was a working man who took his lunch with him every day. I can't know this for sure, but I believe I am fairly accurate in stating this based on where these were in his house.
And there you see it again:
MADE IN THE U.S.A.Source: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM7APN_American_Thermos_Bottle_Company_Laurel_Hill_Plant_Norwich_CT
In 1906, William Walker, an American businessman visiting Germany, learned of the invention of the vacuum bottle. He immediately began to import and market the new product in the United States. The following year, Walker created the American Thermos Bottle Company and began producing vacuum bottles in a Brooklyn, New York, factory. The product met with such success that the expanded New York plant proved inadequate within the first five years. Walker moved the Thermos Company to Norwich, Connecticut, in 1913. Five years later, the company had nearly doubled its size, and after World War II a second plant was opened in Norwich's Taftville section. The Thermos Company became Norwich's largest employer, with more than 1000 workers.