Some Mysteries Are Easy to Solve

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 50 Comments

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Okay, so maybe washboards/scrub boards aren’t as mysterious as I thought they might be. I imagined all you young people out there having no idea what a scrub board even was. Boy, was I wrong. The guesses came in fast and furious and right. A scarce few of you guessed something else, I think, just to make me feel better. 🙂 Or maybe so I wouldn’t get discouraged and stop trying to find mysterious photos. I did doctor up the scrub board photo I first posted a bit more to make it a little less obvious.iphone 6 04-2015 467 (2) Here on the right is the original photo I took at a Cracker Barrel.

More About Washboards

The comments some of you made about the scrub board made me curious about this early laundry aid, so off I went to find out more. I knew what a washboard was. My mother had one, but I don’t remember her using it although one of you said your mother scrubbed your father’s overalls on one before she put them in the washer. Another of you noted that you’d seen somebody play music on one. Actually, you can still buy new washboards. Some are advertised as musical. But when I read some of the reviews for that one and others, I discovered people are still using the washboards for what they are intended for. Laundry. These people didn’t have washers and didn’t like going to the laundromat because of how expensive it was or due to time constraints. So they got washboards and washed their clothes the old fashioned way.

And it is the old fashioned way. Wooden washboards and bats were used by washerwomen in Italy well before the 17th Century. However, the metal washboard is an American invention and a man named Stephen Rust (honest, that was his name) patented a new idea: a “Wash Board” with a piece of “fluted tin, sheet iron, copper or zink” in 1833.  I found this information and more on a website called Old and Interesting. I think that might be a great research place when I write my next historical novel.

You can also buy a modern dasher with rubber or plastic parts like this old metal one. DasherMy mother had one of these too and it took me a while to figure out what it was for. Reading all the history about how laundry used to be done and thinking about how my mother had to do laundry when she first married makes me really thankful for my automatic washing machine. I did use a wringer washer when I first married and heated the water with an electric heater. While that was way ahead of my mother heating water in kettles over a fire out in the yard, it wasn’t as easy as pushing a button on the washer I have now.

A New Mystery Photo

But on to a new mystery picture. The one up top. Do you know what it is? I’m sure some of you will. Sigh. You guys are hard to fool. But we’ll see. Remember each time you guess or say you don’t know on a new mystery (well, I’m trying to make them mysterious anyway) photo, you get a new entry in the drawing. Also, it’s more fun if you make your guess before you read everybody else’s guesses. After all, they could be wrong. 🙂

I’ll pick three winners on January 31st. Those winners will get their choice of one of my books, autographed to themselves or whomever they chose, along with an additional grab bag book by a different inspirational author. You must be 18 to enter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let your kids or grandkids help you guess. Just leave a comment here or send me an e-mail with your guess to get your name in my drawing hat. And I’ll go back to the drawing board to come up with a new mystery photo for Sunday.

As always thanks for reading. And thanks for playing my mystery photo game.

 

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  1. Linda D. McFarland

    I’m guessing hairbrush tines, too…but could it be flower stamens? Always fun to guess and how much fun you must have looking at objects thinking ‘hmmm-how can I trick those people!’ Always fun and thanks for the opportunity to win! Linda

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      Ann H Gabhart

      So far, Linda, I’m not doing too good at tricking “those people,” but I may have a good one tonight. Get ready!! LOL

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      Ann H Gabhart

      You all are such great mystery guessers, Robbie. I’ll hope my stories are a little more mysterious than my mystery photos. But maybe the journey through the story will still be good even if readers do figure out the bad guy. Thanks for dropping by with a guess.

  2. Amy R.

    Ann,
    You’re getting tricky on us 🙂 I really thought these were matches, but then I thought, hmm why are the stems black? So perhaps it is a zoomed in pic of a hairbrush? You’re keeping us on our toes. Thanks for the fun!

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      Ann H Gabhart

      At least I had you puzzled for a moment or two, Amy. Just wait till Sunday. I’ve got a picture in mind, but knowing how good you all are at this, I probably won’t be able to confound any of you. Thanks for stopping by to play my game.

  3. Kathi Hadden

    Hey Ann I think it’s bristles on a brush as well you had so many before me it was hard not looking but I always try to guess first then scroll to fill out comment block maybe we could move it to beginning of site … Just an idea probably a lot harder than worrying with! Love your guessing games love your books more!🤓

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Thanks so much for coming over and having fun with the game, Kathi. I know it’s hard not to look at the other answers, but you all are always ready to put your guess no matter what those other people say. That’s integrity. 🙂 Besides, it’s just a game we can have fun with. I do appreciate your sweet comment about loving my books even more than my games. You’re the best. And I have no idea how to switch around the comments on here. I’d probably end up really making a mystery of everything!

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