Just Stuff – Homelessness Kit


I used to do whole posts showcasing photos from our visits to various antique shops. I still have a lot of unprocessed photos, but some are redundant, some are ho-hum, and some deserve a post of their own.

The latter is the basis for my decision to do a series called “Just Stuff”.

It will be a series of unrelated photos that might have, or might not have been treated with various effects and enhancements. Some are fairly straight forward. Some will take a shot at making people laugh . . . or at least smile.

Basically, they are photos that caught my eye, and I played with them to present and preserve them here. They will also be added to THIS GALLERY in SmugMug as each post is published.

The Photo In This Post
The above is what I presumed to be a christmas decoration of sorts. It’s made of wood . . . it holds six candles directly under blades that are also made of wood. 

The idea, I think, is for the heat of the candles to power the wooden fan, thus turning the figurines (there might also be a music box somewhere in there – I mean, why not? I’d have put one there).

To me, as an engineer of questionable ability, it seems a poorly-thought out design. For one, it assumes no air currents to disrupt the rising hot air. For another, I don’t think the rising heated air would have sufficient velocity to get that thing moving. Then again, perhaps it has very good bearings, and it takes little effort to move the mechanism. Very good bearings, indeed.

Even if it works . . . wood, candles (you can see even one of the candles is trying to escape from the contraption). Not a good idea. Of course, I’m looking at it with today’s perspective.

For instance, I remember our christmas tree in Italy. We had honest-to-goodness clip-on candle holders. You clipped them to the branches (obviously, the outer branches), with small candles on them, and you lit them.  I don’t remember if it was a real tree. I want to say no, but I’m sure at least one reader will remember for sure.

The point is that today we worry about our ultrasafe lights somehow exploding and burning down the house. Changing times.

I should clarify in case it is not obvious . . . I added the writing on the photo, the title is my own, and it’s not really a Homelessness Kit, although it certainly has the potential to be one.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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7 Responses to Just Stuff – Homelessness Kit

  1. oneowner says:

    I have one of these but it’s made from brass. It works great and has for 40 years.


    • disperser says:

      If I had a nickel for every time someone has told me theirs are made of brass . . .

      Humor aside, I’d have to see a picture of it. I’m also guessing the bearings in yours are slightly better than they were in this thing.

      I’m curious also . . . is it about the same height?

      Regardless of all that . . . brass is a lot less flammable than wood.


      • oneowner says:

        Ours is buried with a bunch of other holiday decorations but as I remember, it’s only slightly taller than the tapered candles. I don’t see it very often because I don’t like decorating for the holidays.


      • disperser says:

        See, that makes sense, The candles would have to be close to the blades to be effective at moving them. Easier to do with brass than wood.

        And yeah . . . we dispensed with holidays decoration a number of years ago.


  2. That is beautiful! I’ve seen one before…but never owned one.
    I love seeing the older holiday/Winter decorations, ornaments, etc. They always catch my eye.
    HUGS!!! :-)


  3. AnnMarie says:

    It was a real tree with real moss for the Nativity set. Those visual memories always trigger the olfactory ones, too (still love the scent of moss). Besides the real candles, we would also have sparklers. By the way, mother and I still light sparklers on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, besides the mandatory ones on the 4th of July. An innocent tradition just for the joy of it.


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