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June 15, 2010
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CONGRATULATIONS TO MAE AND AMYDESU FOR THE  ANSWERS .... IT IS A FOOTWARMER THAT WAS USED IN  RAILROAD PASSENGER CARS.  THE CARS HAD SMALL COAL BEN FRANKLIN TYPE STOVES. DURING COLD WEATHER PORTERS WOULD TAKE THE COAL CLINKERS, PUT THEM IN THE BOX AND FOLKS WOULD REST THEIR FEET ON THEM FOR WARMTH. THEY TURNED OUT TO BE VERY POPULAR AND PEOPLE WOULD TAKE THEM AS SOUVENIERS FOR USE IN THEIR BUGGIES AND HOMES. NOTICE THE CROOK IN THE HANDLE WHICH WAS THERE SO THE PORTERS COULD CARRY THEM WITH A POKER AND NOT BURN THEIR HANDS.
TODAYS GIZZMO WAS ALSO AN 1800'S MARVEL, WHICH IS JUST OVER A FOOT LONG,  A WIND UP MECHANICAL DEVICE THAT WAS IN GREAT USE ON THE FRONTIER... WAS VERY COMMON IN IT'S TIME.

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