Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Latest found treasure

Dave comes home almost daily with a new found treasure. Every day is like Christmas! This one I think he brought to me just to keep his own sanity. I have had many, many paper towel holders that I just haven't been pleased with. Nothing irritates me more than trying to pull off one paper towel and the whole roll comes flying at you, so I keep looking for the perfect one! So when Dave brought this beauty in I was so excited...and it was red too!! Perfect for my kitchen! Also a bonus..the upper slot held wax paper! We had a partial roll of towels and immediately put them in the holder and tried them out. ONE towel rolled out perfectly and ONE towel tore off. PERFECT!! I was so happy! Then the partial roll was gone and I brought out a replacement. To my dismay the big roll would not fit in the slot.

Do they even make the smaller rolls anymore, I wondered? How old was this little red gem? As far back as the 30's, 40's? Did they even have paper towels back then? So I did a little research and found that this invention came about accidentally. You can read about it here if you are interested. Bottom line, paper towels were officially introduced to the public in 1931 but did not

gain acceptance until later. So I'm guessing red probably didn't come into play until late 30's at least. The question still remains..will I be able to find smaller rolls? Will this turn into an educational blog where readers can come and find much trivial tidbits to ponder on? Tune in and see..


Lib said...

How Beautiful . I remember those ,but I remember them being maybe medal .O.K. showing my age am I?lol
I Love reds,green and yellows for a kitchen. I Love 1930s-1940 items.
I had some plans for things to do here, went with Dh to get new tires and go to Hobby Lobby for fabric, they had on sale . I want to craft this winter so I want be pushed later in the yr.before shows etc. I found alot of pretty homespun fabric. I can play now:o)
Have a Great week.
I Love your Blog, so glad you started on I look forward to my dialy visits:o) Thanks!
Blessins', Lib

Peggy said...

I find the small single rolls at dollar tree or general dollar. I use to have one of the old paper towel, wax paper and foil holder but my youngest daughter talked me out of it.

Hope said...

Lib, thanks for stopping by. I look forward to visiting you every day too. We just seem to have a lot in common.
This paper towel holder is metal and I think the original paint and decals. I'm old but I don't remember these. Probably because we never had paper towels, only cloth ones!
Glad you got your fabric. Now if you get snowed in you'll be all set!
See you tomorrow,

Hope said...

Hi Peggy,
You must have snuck in the back door while I was commenting to Lib! lol So glad you stopped by.
Thanks for the info on the paper towels. I'll check the general dollar here in town and see if I can find them. I found some of the metal holders on Ebay but none of them had the little side shelves like mine.
See you tomorrow,