Our friend Gordon’s comment on yesterday’s post, about a 1960s-era telephone table – clearly Gordon felt we had done the right thing in not dignifying its existence by purchasing it – reminded me that I should show you a photo of his recent gift to us, newly installed (as of this past weekend) at the Manse.
Gordon is a brilliant photographer and inveterate collector – notably of books, but also of other interesting stuff. And out of his many cool collected items, he gave us three lovely old lampshades, and an (unused) box of Duz detergent that he’d picked up at an auction in the 1960s. Why Duz? Because I’d written a little paean to the good old days when hand towels and drinking glasses and the like came in boxes of detergent – notably Duz – in an effort to get people to buy it. (Which, by the way, worked brilliantly; everybody had those glasses and towels, and thus was buying and using the detergent too.)
So once again, Gordon, thank you! Your gift is now where it belongs. Speaking of which, I also snapped a photo of the box of Duz on top of the Manse’s washing machine, since that’s the more obvious home for it than the dryer. And any photo of the Manse’s washing machine leads to one key question. Have a look:
Why is the washing machine in the pantry? Side-by-side washer and dryer: normal. Side-by-side washer and stove? Odd.
But hey, who are we to complain? It was nice of the Manse’s former owners, the church Manse Committee, to leave the appliances in the house for us. They’re not new, but they seem quite serviceable.
Anyway, if and when I get around to trying out the washer-in-the-pantry (I haven’t yet), you can be sure I won’t be tossing in any Duz. That stuff is a collector’s item! And I’m just tickled that a nice collector turned it over to us.