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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 every two weeks. 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. 

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Item Number 5.  This one is really for people under the age of 35

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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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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

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