(LO) TECH GADGET: WHAT IS IT? - ANSWER TO FIRST PUZZLE
Okay. you have had quite some time to answer the first (lo) tech gadget or invention question - WHAT IS IT?
I guess you didn’t know what this (lo) tech gadget was - or you didn’t care. There were three people who guessed - and all got it right. No one tried who didn’t know. So - are you chicken? - or just don’t care?
(You can comment by accessing my Survey page - and tell me where to go or what to do. I am trying to build this site for you - and accept any comments. Go ahead - I can take it. I may cry in my pillow - but I bounce back)
Anyway - I said I would tell you what the WHAT IS IT? is and so here we go. It is a one-dog power butter churn. Since this lo tech gadget was from before electricity - and probably steam or coal driven machines too - work had to be done by people power.
Usually it was the woman who did the house chores - the man would be in the fields or out hunting-gathering. Sometimes the children of the family would be stuck with the butter gig - if they could be found.
Apparently - someone got tired of this mundane task and put their dog to work. If you think about it - this was quite an elaborate machine to get a routine job done. They might have even sold time on the machine to neighbors - the start of one of the original “cottage industries” and one, poor, tired dog.
I’m not giving up. I have put up a new picture on the WHAT IS IT? page. Take a look and see if you can get this one. This one is more common - and still is in use in some areas today. And remember, I hate email spam as much as you do. Your email address will never be given away or sold to any third parties, period.
The dog run (literally) butter churn was taken from the book - “Historic Communities Tools and Gadgets” by Bobbie Kalman - whose publisher graciously allowed the use of this copyrighted material here.
You can find a copy of this book - that has pictures, illustrations and descriptions of various colonial times tools and gadgets. lo tech gadget - of course.
If you would prefer newer gadgets for the WHAT IS IT? quiz - high tech gadget, lo tech gadget, electronic gadget, and modern gizmos - let me know through the survey or the contact us page. I aim to please.