Saturday, July 26, 2014

Going for a ride

We saw this beautiful old carriage outside a local antique shop. 

Some kind of carriage

Can you imagine your beau showing up to take you to a church service and picnic?  I think they must have used some sort of step stool to get in and out..or maybe that was the part  the handsome beau took care of…grabbing a gal around the waist and swinging her up into the seat…people were shorter back then…he must be muscular…but then he probably worked hard on the farm or in the woods.  I wonder how many petticoats she wore under her long dress…was it hot?  I bet she wore a pair of white gloves and clutched a picnic basket on her lap. As they ride along some curls escape from her beribboned hat as she giggles at something he says. 

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17 comments:

  1. You sure brought them to life for me. I smiled big at the two of them. :-)

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  2. I enjoyed reading about your "thoughts" on this wagon. I too would have stopped and wondered about the history and stories it could tell too. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. You transformed a worn pile of wood and springs to its former glory.
    A scene from the movie "Oklahoma!" popped into my head.

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  4. My family talked about old horsehair blankets to keep them warm on these rides in the winter. I'm sure some of those pioneer women could certainly climb up into the buckboard easily, but would havely been really chauvinistic for a fellow to help her up, right? Love your thoughts on this!

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  5. The story around these vehicles or the imagined story is what makes them interesting.

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  6. I can picture it all in my mind. These days, I don't think anyone could get their hands around my waist!!!

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  7. The buggy inspires more stories than a car!

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  8. Wouldn't it be fun to go back and in time and really 'go for a ride'.
    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  9. I can picture that! I really don't understand why women used to wear so many clothes and underthings when it was so hot. Modesty I guess, but still, seems silly to me.

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  10. Wow. Don't see too many of those nowadays. What a treasure.

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  11. I love seeing old antiques like this. Great history.

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  12. I think I would have fit into that era well. I would love to go back in time and go for a ride in this worn beauty!

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  13. It is a great old buggy. You should write a book based on your ideas from the buggy.

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  14. I love how you describe your mind movie for this buggy.

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  15. I was just reading about the Ingalls and the Wilders (Little House on the Prairie) and it reminded me of how Almanzo got reprimanded by the sheriff for driving his horses too fast through town.
    When I had my little farm there was a woman who would drive a rig similar to that down my road occasionally but I think it was dangerous as even though there was a "T" at the end of my road cars, trucks, and motorcycles drove crazy fast down our road....you couldn't even see for all the gravel dust they threw up. I wish they'd go back to all horses.

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  16. Ahhh! That is also what I do when I see old things...imagine the life they had.
    For some reason I was thinking that some homes had a permanent step or set of steps alongside the drive that they drove the buggy up next to and parked so that the ladies could embark--with the help of a steady arm, of course. I am not sure where that came from--a movie, a book?

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  17. I would have scared to ride. I picture the horse running away or a wheel coming off! :) However, I would love to own that old buggy.

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