This week we have been working in one of the rooms downstairs. It is a medical room..of sorts. We do have a rug loom in one corner, sometimes we have to “share” space.
I am looking for donations of medical equipment to make the room more complete. If you have any old photos of Doc Houston or Doc Higgs or any of the other early doctors bring them by my office and I can scan them and you can have your original back immediately.
We found some old medicine bottles. They seem to be of the multi purpose kind.
Chamberlain’s Colic Cholera and Diarrhea Remedy. I bet it tasted terrible. Oh well..it could be worse you could end up on this table.
This is a embalming table. It was made by The Gleason Board Company of Rochester, NY. It was more than likely manufactured sometime in the years 1870 to 1890. Sometimes these tables were used for home funerals serving a dual purpose. From what I have read they were usually made of Maple or Ash and sometimes what was called Honey Oak . I think this one is either Birch or Maple. Embalming became an acceptable practice after the civil war.
The head rest folds down, the legs fold up and then it all folds in half and you can carry it by the handle on the left side. On to the next patient..
The Medical Room is now open in the basement..stop by and visit sometime. It is still a work in progress but it is coming along quite nicely:)