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Old 03-22-2007, 08:33 AM   #11
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Other than to say I think it is a metal object rather than leather...I am stumped. The photos are "formal" in nature. So, I don't think it is a just a random thing that was sitting there. Also, I see nothing that would indicate anything moveable. Maybe do research to see if there was "electricity" in Oskaloosa in 1917. That would rule out somethings maybe
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:45 AM   #12
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In the second photo, it looks like the back of the object. Since the chair is facing same, I'd go with a clock or radio.
Miss Mish makes a good point..It could very well be the "back" of the object. It does make sense as I stated earlier I don't think it would sit flat on a surface do to what appears to be a screw.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:48 AM   #13
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it looks like it's not on the table, but past it, maybe free standing.

so i'd guess, maybe the top end of some kind of radiator?
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:54 AM   #15
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If it were a radio, wouldn't it have vents in the back to release the heat from the tubes? Did radios use tubes?
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I`m with BT on this also, it looks like the end of a Radiator. I would guess that under that circular cap would be the bleed valve.

would probably look similar to this from the front: Radiator information - Search.com
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Hmmm. It appears to be a warm day - the window is open and both people have summer attire on (i.e. rolled-up or short sleeves)... if that has anything to do with anything. NEXT!
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In the second photo, it looks like the back of the object. Since the chair is facing same, I'd go with a clock or radio.
mish, I think you may be correct. I had not considered this before. We may be looking at the back of said questionable object.

I have a postcard dated 1915 of the street my ancestors lived on, but not the house in these pictures, and there are tall poles lining the residental street. One side of the street has poles only and the other side has poles with bars at the top, like a T. The post card is not clear enough to see any wires, but the poles only, have three insulators. So I think it very possible this house had electricity.
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Hmmm. It appears to be a warm day - the window is open and both people have summer attire on (i.e. rolled-up or short sleeves)... if that has anything to do with anything. NEXT!
the back of one photo says my dad is 3 months old and he was born in March, so that is why I say the photo was taken in June 1917
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Other than to say I think it is a metal object rather than leather...I am stumped. The photos are "formal" in nature. So, I don't think it is a just a random thing that was sitting there. Also, I see nothing that would indicate anything moveable. Maybe do research to see if there was "electricity" in Oskaloosa in 1917. That would rule out somethings maybe
I suspect these photos were taken by each of the adults pictured. Most pictures i have of my dad only have one parent in them, making me think the pictures were taken by the other parent.
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