Hazard a guess at this “Chicago” item!


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Wendell Cole, from Lisbon, Ohio; Dale Foor, Pataskala, Ohio; Eli Miller, Mesopotamia, Ohio; Earl Corron, Dorset, Ohio; Thomas C. Douglas, Millersburg, Ohio; and Deborah Thomas quickly identified Item No. 1051 as a bed warmer.

And, Cole explains, the reason that the magnet didn’t stick is because it’s probably made of soapstone with a wire handle.

The warmer was placed in the fireplace or stovetop to get hot, and then used to warm those cold sheets of your bed.

Cole adds that the Lisbon Historical Society museum has several examples.

John Svoboda, Rome, Ohio, believes it is a foot warmer.

Our thanks to Diane Reiber for submitting the photo!

Our newest item comes from Joe Singleton, of Exchange, West Virginia. He says it measures 14 inches when extended. There’s writing on it, which we’ll share next week if we stump our distinguished panel of all you readers. Well, OK, we’ll at least share that it is inscribed “Chicago, Ill.”

Singleton confesses he doesn’t know how it was used, so it’s our Hazard-ous readers to the rescue.

If you know how it was used, email responses to editorial@farmanddairy.com; or respond by mail to: Hazard a Guess, c/o Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.

If you have an item in your basement, shed or barn that you think would be a great Hazard item, send us a photograph by mail or via email (no Polaroids or photocopies, please).

Include a detailed description of the item and its measurements, as well as any distinguishing factors and how the item was used. You can use the email or mailing address listed above. C’mon, we know you have something you can send!

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    • Thanks for your quick response. Can you explain a little more how it was used? We’re not familiar with a “push pull” (and, yes, you’re right, it does have the Simplex Tilt a Tool cast on it).


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