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Appalachia Through My Eyes – A Relic From The Not So Distant Past

While we were working in Pap’s big garden, I was looking for a roll of wire that was supposed to be over in the edge of the woods-instead I found an old rusted can Pap had stuck on a branch. Pap is kinda notorious for sticking stuff where he thinks it’ll be handy. Any guesses as to what he used the can for?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    SandyCarlson (USA)
    May 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I wish I had whatever that is to water my seedlings.

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Gran use to use it for watering tender seedlings, so they wouldn’t get mashed down by a burst from a hose or big watering can.

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    Pat in east TN
    May 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I agree on a dusting can or a watering can.

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    May 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    outdoor shower? 😉

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    Jerry M.
    May 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I also think it was used to dust plants with pesticides like Sevin. In fact, I made one just like it the other day out of a big baking powder can. If you want a finer dust, you can put it in the legs of a pair of panty hose. That also works great.

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    May 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I would say to water things, kind of like a sprinkler. My husband used to use one for that purpose.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    May 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, Pap sounds so much like my grandparents. That sounds just like something my granddaddy would have done. Maybe pap used the can to water his plants. Now you have my curiosity up.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Looks like something to dust plants with.

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    May 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Maybe to catch earthworms in for fishing!!!!

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    May 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    daddy used one to sprinkle seven dust on his plants, so that is my guess.

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    Wanda Devers
    May 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Maybe shaking Sevin on the garden?

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    Dale Anderson
    May 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I agree with Ed on the application of powdered pesticides on plants in the garden.

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    May 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I think it is dispenser for seeds or some kind of chemical like weed killer or fertilizer.
    I don’t get up to see my family very often, and it mean a lot to me to be able to look at lovely pictures, and read about old days. Thanks.

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    May 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I think for dusting plants too! I had an uncle that used to use a can with holes to sprinkle sevin dust on his garden.

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    lynn legge
    May 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

    yep i agree with the above comment .. looks like a shaker of some sort.. very thrifty pap you have there 🙂
    could be to sprinkle small seeds, grass kind..
    did you ever find the wire ..
    big ladybug hugs

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    May 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Looks like a Sevin (Can’t remember how it’s spelled) Dust Powder Can. I hated the smell of that stuff.

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    May 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My guess is the same as Ed’s. It
    looks like a shaker can for Sevin
    Dust for beans and taters. If it
    was much larger and in the creek
    branch, I’d have said it was a can
    for lizzards. We use to use those
    5 gallon shiny cans to store our
    fish bait, mainly lizzards. Nowadays you’re only allowed about
    seven lizzards in a boat to fish
    with. Thats a crap of it cause we
    always had eight dozen with us.
    Wonder how long Pap has been using
    that old coffee can? Thats about
    what my daddy use to do, then when
    he couldn’t find it he’d blame us
    The reason the Blind Pig is my
    favorite blog is that everything
    you share really does reflect our
    way of life in Appalachia…Ken

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    grand pa ken
    May 10, 2011 at 9:46 am

    He might have used it to water new plants.

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    May 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I’d guess either a seed planter or agree with Ed, a pesticide applicator.

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    May 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I think Ed is right; it’s a bean duster. In March I found a similar one, almost rusted away, by the garden gate where our house burned down in 1959. It was homemade, hanging, and handy for over 50 years!

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    Susie Swanson
    May 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Target practice is my guess… Susie

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    fishing guy
    May 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Tipper, My guess is he uses it for watering. How is your garden growing. Mine is under water from record rains.

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    May 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Maybe he put something inside to attract ants or beatles and when they go in, they can’t get out.

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    B. Ruth
    May 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

    A homemade can to use for dusting
    beans…etc…Only when we absolutely have to, we use the safest dust we can find..for those pesky bugs on beans…some years you can get buy without any dust..
    My husband uses (if he can locate the right size) a cloth and walks along and shakes it..
    Thanks Tipper

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    Joe Mode
    May 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Looks like a sifter, perhaps for putting on seven dust or fertilizer.
    During the War of Northern Aggression soldiers would take a canteen half, poke a bunch of holes in it with a square nail and use it to grate their corn for corn mush. Maybe it’s a corn cob grater to make them softer when used in the outhouse?
    Maybe it’s just one end of the old string and can telephone system. He got fancey and poked holes in his end just like a real receiver so the folks on the other end could hear him better.

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    Jim Casada
    May 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Tipper–Three guesses: (1) Used to spread Sevin or something similar on plants. (2) As a way to sprinkle plants. (3) As a way to spread small seed in a bed (mustard greens, for example. Of the three, I think No. 1 is most likely. A fourth possibility would come to mind if the setting and situation were different–as a way of sprinkling clothes being ironed. Mom used an old bottle with a hole-studded cap to sprinkle her clothes during the ironing process, and just a week or so ago while out hiking Don found a bottle with holes in the lid that I thought might have been used in that fashion.
    Jim Casada

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

    It’s a Seven Dust shaker. LOL

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    Rhonda Haslam
    May 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Looks to me like a can to apply bug dust with.

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    May 10, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Looks like something that I would use to apply powdered pesticides to plants – e.g. to “dust the beans”.

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