15 Old and Mysterious Household Items We Finally Know the Use Of

2 years ago

The median age of houses in the U.S is 37 years old, with older houses being up to 58 years old. This means that different owners come and go every few years, leaving behind things they once used in their daily lives. That’s why so many people find hidden treasures in their new purchases of old houses.

Now I’ve Seen Everything would like to share 15 amazing discoveries from the past that show us how people used to do things around the house.

“Weird wooden kitchen tool in our Airbnb.”

“It looks like a molinillo or wooden mixer for hot chocolate.”

Beautiful swan window latches in an apartment in Saint Petersburg.

“I noticed a strange lever on the wall but couldn’t figure out what it does.”

“I decided to push the lever down and the front door opened! It seems that the lazy people of the past were great at creating things!”

“Antique Victorian cast iron fireplace screen from the late 1800s”

“Look at this amazing furnace!”

“It’s on a stand on round legs and the carving is along the perimeter, even on the back. The location is also unusual — in the hall. Of course, it could’ve been moved here.”

Would you like to see this mirror every morning?

Baby carriages used to be like this

These are the first electric washing machines.

“Found a silver spoon in old moving boxes.”

Server for any small fish in a sauce or oil — sardines, anchovy, probably kippers.”

Have you ever seen glass bricks?

“At the end of the 19th century, Gustave Falconnier from Switzerland invented glass bricks. It’s simple: glass is blown into a mold, the hot air cools down, creates a thin atmosphere, which is why glass bricks have good thermal isolation and sound-proof features.”

Baby rattles from the past

One of the first machines for back posture was made by Gustav Zander.

This old-looking container was actually a fridge in the 1930s.

The first General Electric fridges were presented to the public in 1927. It’s hard to believe that there are some of them that are still functioning.

These sleeve garters were popular in the 19th century when shirts had very long sleeves.

“A small cermaic press on my partner’s grandma’s kitchen shelf. Nobody has a clue what it’s for.”

“This is an antique nutcracker.”

Did you ever discover any old items that you weren’t sure what they were and how they were used?

Preview photo credit physchy / reddit


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