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20th Century ingenuity

There’s a retro feel about our house often times. We have often adopted old ways of doing something which are more environmentally sound. 

Imagine my surprise when I visited the 20th century museum in Hoorn in The Netherlands and found myself very much at home. 

There was a display of carpet sweepers. Just like ours. 

A cooking pan set to use at the table. Just like ours.

  A clothes aired quite a lot like ours!


And one I’d quite like to own. It’s like an umbrella without the cover. 

Very handy. 

Are there any aspects of your home that are like a museum?



8 comments on “20th Century ingenuity

  1. jgeerlings
    May 6, 2015

    Cultural lag is my style. Take care of the old equipment is my advice. My Dutch ancestors taught me to be cheap and there is a lot of overlap with being cheap and being green. I enjoy your perspective on what’s happening in the land of my ancestors. Being four and five generations removed from the Netherlands, I don’t speak the language.

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    • lizard100
      May 6, 2015

      The museum was filled with Dutch ingenuity. I’m sure you’d have enjoyed it.


  2. Emily Scott
    May 6, 2015

    I hang my clothes out to dry in a similar way and do the washing up by hand in the sink, which seems to be unusual nowadays! We have very up-to-date computing equipment and all kinds of techy gadgets but no car, dishwasher or microwave. A mix of old and new.

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  3. Grower
    May 7, 2015

    I think of my canning, pickling and other preserving as kind of retro.

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    • lizard100
      May 7, 2015

      Yes. And a tasty treat in a few months to look forward to.


  4. Jackie
    May 7, 2015

    It was when I found my mobile phone in a museum that I realised it was time to update – my boys had been telling me this for years! But otherwise, yes I have a carpet sweeper and a handpush lawnmower and I’d love one of those clothes dryers!

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