Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Close Encounters at the Industrial Museum 3


I wonder if any of these wonderful wicker baskets have survived (apart from in the museum)? They'd make a great addition to a stylish modern home. A laundry basket or a toybox, maybe? It would perhaps be worth looking in the local architectural salvage yards, though I imagine they'd cost a fair bit. Of course what really made this picture for me were those vibrant red and green spools of yarn in the background.

4 comments:

  1. I really think they would have. When we toured Ellis Island off NYC, there were rooms and rooms filled with trunks of those who came into the United States over a hundred years ago.

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  2. when i was a child we used to beg those wicker baskets from the back door of a nearby towel mill. they were known as skips and used to transport bobbins around the mill. we used them to give each other hair raising rides down a steep hill. it was a rare thing to get one and the run up to bonfire night was the best time when the men would look to get rid of the broken holey ones. amazingly it was the accepted thing that they used to then be burnt on the street's bonfire, and they gave a roaring blaze. i don't remember anyone wanting to keep one , even us kids ! this was in the late 50's long before the days of shabby chic.

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  3. sorry , i forgot to say that the skips had metal wheels attached underneath which facilitated our rides.

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  4. Much more attractive than plastic.

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