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Old 10-24-2011, 10:18 PM
 
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Penny Postcards from Montana (http://www.usgwarchives.org/mt/ppcs-mt.html - broken link)
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Penny Postcards from Montana (http://www.usgwarchives.org/mt/ppcs-mt.html - broken link)
Nice, Walter.
I like that "Typical Montana Scene".
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Penny Postcards from Montana (http://www.usgwarchives.org/mt/ppcs-mt.html - broken link)
......Hey Walter..................

That 3rd post card "caught-my-eye".....................

I have a "thing" for old Wagon Wheels.

Back in 1975 when my wife and I were designing the house that we ultimately built here in the Bitterroot in '79/'80.....I bought a 66 inch diameter "Freighter (Logging) Wagon Wheel" (Circa 1885) from an old timer rancher/logger here in the valley. After many, many hours of labor and all the components for (8) glass chimmney (simulated oil) lamps I finally completed our future living room hanging center light fixture. Finally in early 1980 (with the help of a block & tackle; (3) 8 foot lengths of old tow chain and various other required items....we "got it hung" from the main center beam in the Liv Rm where it still hangs as I type.

Main point of my post: Take a real close look at the description at the bottom of that post card..................if my almost 80 year old eyes don't deceive me.............it says "Logging Wheels".

What do you think???

P.S. Thank you Walter for the link to the post cards........really great items to see from 'long-ago'.

Last edited by Montana Griz; 10-24-2011 at 11:02 PM.. Reason: ...added my thanks for the link to the post cards.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:53 PM
 
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Penny Postcards from Montana (http://www.usgwarchives.org/mt/ppcs-mt.html - broken link)
How cool--several postcards from the Clark Fork River Valley! In those days it was often called "Clark's Fork," not to be confused with the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. And cards from Noxon and Libby, too! I had never seen those before. Thanks, Walter!
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Penny Postcards from Montana (http://www.usgwarchives.org/mt/ppcs-mt.html - broken link)
Hey, cool! I recognise some of these!! Remember when we all sent postcards when we went on vacation?
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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......Hey Walter..................

That 3rd post card "caught-my-eye".....................

I have a "thing" for old Wagon Wheels.

Back in 1975 when my wife and I were designing the house that we ultimately built here in the Bitterroot in '79/'80.....I bought a 66 inch diameter "Freighter (Logging) Wagon Wheel" (Circa 1885) from an old timer rancher/logger here in the valley. After many, many hours of labor and all the components for (8) glass chimmney (simulated oil) lamps I finally completed our future living room hanging center light fixture. Finally in early 1980 (with the help of a block & tackle; (3) 8 foot lengths of old tow chain and various other required items....we "got it hung" from the main center beam in the Liv Rm where it still hangs as I type.

Main point of my post: Take a real close look at the description at the bottom of that post card..................if my almost 80 year old eyes don't deceive me.............it says "Logging Wheels".

What do you think???

P.S. Thank you Walter for the link to the post cards........really great items to see from 'long-ago'.
Hey Montana Griz,
I had forgoten until you mentioned it that the old horse loggers used to use a contraption that lifted the front ends of logs off the ground with a narrow 2 wheeled carriage to make it easier for the horses to skid logs out of the timber.
You put the big ends of the logs on top of the cross-member, chained them down, and the horses had a wagon tounge they were hitched to to pull out the logs, and because it was only 2 wheels and very narrow, it was pretty manuverable in the timber.

Because of the reduced drag, a team could pull 3 or 4 logs, ( or several small logs) to the run instead of just one big log or 2 smaller logs.
I have seen on RFDTV's Rural Heritage show where there are horse loggers in the east still using a version of this, but they have rubber wheels and instead of putting the logs on top of the carriage, they have a lift that pulls the logs up to a cross-member to drag them out.

Pretty cool stuff

I was really interested in your description of your chandalier as my grandfather built one very similar to the one you described for my parents house we built in 1973. He used an old buggy wheel we had lying around, so it has a thin rim and is pretty light, but still about 3 1/2 feet across. He wired it for 5 electric carriage lamps that used to go on fancy coaches with the brass trim and square glass panes. He put small "candle" bulbs in them to simulate flames.

We sold the house in 1995, but my mother kept that buggy wheel chandalier and we put it into the cabin. The cabin isn't wired, so I replaced the carrage lamps with small kerosene lanterns. ( They were novelty lanterns sold at a local sporting goods store and only stand about 7 inches high, but they do work).

You won't get sunburn from the light put off, but it is really cool to see from outside the cabin through the window as it looks like 5 little flames dancing in mid-air
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Montana
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Hey "cherishedtiger" I was raised on a ranch 25 miles north of Sac. Calif sucks big time!! Me and hubby left long time ago!!
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Zucchini? Most of my neighbors and I grow 'em just to fill up the compost bin. They are invasive in Montana!


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Old 10-25-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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Hey "cherishedtiger" I was raised on a ranch 25 miles north of Sac. Calif sucks big time!! Me and hubby left long time ago!!
HAHAHAHA!! Yup my hubby and I are both trying to get out... whats bad is once your here, Calif sorta locks you in... makes moving hard, but we are determined! Once his son graduates this summer we are looking to get out of here!
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Zucchini? Most of my neighbors and I grow 'em just to fill up the compost bin. They are invasive in Montana!
Cut the middleman. Grow them IN the compost bin. You'll probably get zucchinis 12 feet long.

[thinks of wicked uses for oversized zucchinis, including a, er, substitute for Halloween pumpkins]
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