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What is this artifact and how was it used or what and where in Ankeny was this photo taken ? 

 

We will post a new photograph of a place or artifact when we can. Some will be easier to identify than others. Make sure you allow your children and grandchildren to guess also. It should make for some good discussions. 

 

Email your answers or guesses to history@ankenyhistorical.org  and we will post them on this page. 

Item 6. Let's see if we can't get your kids or grandkids to guess this one and enter their answers. 
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Item Number 5.  This one is really for people under the age of 35

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Very good guesses . It was about the only way to pay by credit card until the electronic swipe devices began to be used. The credit cards had raised numbers and letters and were placed in this manual machine(under the red cover). A two layer receipt (with carbon paper) was then placed over the credit card. The clerk then set the amount of the charge.  The clerk then pulled the black handle on top the machine to the right which sent a roller across the receipt pressing it against the credit card which carbon copied the information and card number on the receipt. 

Credit Card processor- Tom Jones

Credit card machine- Kathy D

Is it a charge card machine?!- Mary Johnson

Item #5 is an early version of a credit card machine. - Ober Anderson

Credit Card Receipt Machine using carbon copy paper? - Jeff Johnson

Guessing this is one of the first credit card machines.- Karen Avery

Item 4 Posted January 17, 2021

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Thank you all for some very good guesses! Jody, it is indeed an oil darkroom light that would cast  a dim yellow light in the darkroom while developing pictures. The yellow light does not effect the photo paper but allows just enough light for the photographer to see that they are doing. 

 

 

Item #4 appears to be an antique "portable space heater"

Ober Anderson

 

A water heater

-Chris Williams

 

An old railroad lantern.

-Mary Lonsdale

 

Lantern?

-JR Woxell

Just sending in my guess for a darkroom oil lantern on the Detective page.

Just want to say Thank you!I enjoy everyone’s hard work to document and memorialize Ankeny’s history. Much of it is snippets of my family – so thank you.  

 

-Jody Struthers

Daughter of Karen Louise McCabe Struthers and then finally Miller (RIP) and William Struthers

Item 3 posted November 30th, 2020 This is a difficult one.

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According to our collections committee, It is indeed a water bladder or bag made of canvas When filled with water, water would weep through the bag or moisture would condense on the canvas.The bag would be paced in front of the radiator and the evaporation of moisture on the bag would cool the air which would cause cool air to go through radiator and cool the water within it and intern cool the engine. 

 

 

Here are the guesses we got in order they were received: What a smart group!

 

11/30. It is a water bag

carried on front of car. For use as drinking water (evaporation cooled water lower than outdoor temp) Aldo used in car radiator in hot temps.  

Ober Anderson

 

11/30 Notice the canvas material, a screw cap, and a strap.This is a water bag that was used to hang over the radiator cap if traveling in your Model A thru the dessert, such as Death Valley.  The canvas weeps a little bit so it would evaporate and cool the water within, thus helping to cool the radiator.   Plus extra water for radiator if needed!!  Ivan Parker

 

11/30 I believed this is a water bladder. It goes on the front of a car.  The evaporation through the canvas cools the water for drinking.

Hogan & Mary Liechty

 

12/1 I believe it is a water bag that hangs on the front of a car. In fact I think I saw one in an old Clint Eastwood movie where he is driving a jeep in the beginning and has one hanging on it. Mike Lukehart

 

12/1 My grandfather (Art Hildreth) had something that looked like this.  I recall that he told me it could be filled with water and hung on the outside of the car to keep the water cool while traveling.

Jane Gaskill

Item 2, Posted November 12, 2020

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It is indeed a leather strap or strop that hung from the chair in the barber shop to sharpen the straight razor.

 

 

 

This looks like a fan that folds out for use, then can be folded back for storage.

 

Karen Avey

 

It is a barber strop. If you put the razor under a microscope, it looks like a saw with teeth. The strop aligns the teeth on a razor! So, it actually sharpens the razor! The last time I used a strop was in the late 70’s !

 

Denny Randal

 

 

The item in the green background is a razor strop that hung from the barber’s chair. They were approximately 2 ½ feet long by 4” wide.

 

Bob Fontana

 

 

It is a leather strap that hung from the chair in the barber shop to sharpen the straight razor.

 

Tom Jones