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Pied-a-Terre: 1939

Pied-a-Terre: 1939

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1939. "Old house on Fahm Street, West Side." 8x10 inch safety negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Old Home has a New Home

The sewing machine is a New Home, vintage circa 1910. (Thank you, AT, for the light-blasted detail pic!) It may or not be electrified; it may or not be both. A common trick was to either weld the pedal in a comfortable position and bolt the electric foot controller to it for a permanent conversion, or, if you wanted to use it either way, add stops to the pedal and attach the foot controller with a radiator hose clamp or the like. I have seen many examples of both. Some of the dual use versions are really ingenious.


No lonely shoe? No dog?


The original "love shack" -- "tin roof .. rusted!"

The sewing machine table

Looks something like a treadle-operated Singer -- there's a flywheel but no treadle that I can see.

Curb Appeal

A paint job, a little landscaping and flip it for big bucks.

Pa Kettle could fix it.

Say, you wouldn't happen to have an extra two-by-four and a can of paint layin' around, would ya?

A pillow

Look closely, you can see the Fahmer's pillow on his bed.

A sewing machine

There is a nice sewing machine inside the door. I bet it hasn't been electrified either.

A baby

Is that a swaddled baby on the bed, seen through the open door? Notice that the screen door is tied open.

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