13 Curious Items From The Past Whose Function Is Too Hard To GuessTranslate

7 months ago · pygoh2014 · 0 Comment
Categories: Weird     Tags: Toguess · Function · 13curious

It is wrong to assume that people of the past were less inventive than you and I are today. Their imagination was rich enough to create a variety of things, some of which were useful, and others were, well, quite strange.

For example, there was a reusable body cleaning pill, which was also inherited. There were car vases, a device for measuring applause volume, a pocket sundial, a toaster fork, and other quirky objects.

GIGGAG has assembled a small collection of vintage accessories, the purpose of which modern people often struggle to figure out at first glance.

13. Car Vase

13. Car vase

This device reminds you of a wine horn, right? You will be surprised to learn that it had a whole different purpose. It used to be a vase for putting flowers in the car. People back then used flowers for interior decoration as well as a natural air freshener.

Such vases were common in cars built in within the first two quarters of the 20th century and you can still find some people with them today.

12. Reusable Cocktail Pick

12. Reusable cocktail pick

This miniature golf club served as a pick, however, unlike modern plastic picks, it was reusable. The peculiar tentacles at the end of it were used if a person wanted to pull an olive or a cherry from their cocktail without sticking their hand in there.

11. Instrument For Operating A Rotary Phone

11. Instrument for Operating a Rotary Phone

Young people today may have missed up on the opportunity to see rotary phones, but the older generation had a glimpse of the old devices. People used to insert the retro device at the tail end of a pen and pencil then use the same to dial the phone. It was especially common with girls and women that had just painted their nails. 

10. Mechanical Calculator

10. Mechanical calculator

In addition to well-known accounting frames, there were other devices for calculations: for example, this round mechanical calculator called Optima, which was released around 1900 in Germany.

9. Hooked Ice Pick

9. Hooked ice pick

Before people invented refrigerators and freezers, they used to sell ice directly as it was. People used to harvest ice during the winter season, then store it in special glaciers throughout the year and distributed around in blocks. This hook served as an ice breaker and also helped to move the pieces without having to use bare hands. 

8. Ice Cream Spoon

8. Ice cream spoon

If you have already seen a Victorian spoon like this somewhere and were confused about its strange shape, then know that it was intended exclusively for one product — ice cream.

7. Toy Washing Machine

7. Toy washing machine

Do you know that the manual washing machine was served as a children's toy. There is a probability that little girls used the machines to wash their favorite doll clothes. 

6. Pocket Sundial

6. Pocket sundial

According to the owner of this photo, this watch belonged to a woman who loved to travel. And this gadget is very reliable: it is hard to break and it does not need any batteries.

5. Toaster Fork

5. Toaster fork

Even before the invention of electric toasters, the British people were already making toasts. Among the various ways they did this was using these strange forks. They would stick pieces of bread at the ends then brown the same over coals in their ovens. 

4. Medallion For Perfume

4. Medallion for perfume

This vintage medallion served both as an accessory and as a tiny container for perfume. It seems that our ancestors were able to combine beauty and functionality.

3. Tool For Removing Egg Shells

3. Tool for Removing Egg Shells

This pic's owner says that he unraveled this device under the floor of a building constructed at the start of the 19th century. You shouldn't confuse this tool though with a medical or torture device. It is a simple tool that people used to peel boiled egg shells with

2. “Everlasting Pill”

2. “Everlasting pill”

Perhaps the most bizarre item in our vintage collection is the “everlasting pill”, which was made from antimony and was reusable. For several centuries, antimony was considered an excellent means of cleansing the body, and for some reason it did not bother anyone that, upon ingestion, it was not digested and exited the body unchanged. People would acquire a single “everlasting pill” for the whole family and, what is most surprising, even passed this questionable medicine on to their heirs.

1. Tool For Checking Applause Volume

1. Tool for checking applause volume

People used the applause meter in the 1950s and 1960s, the same time period when dance competition and television talent shows came to being. The most popular method of determining winners was to cheer and applause preferred participant. While the winner could be easily be identified with just normal listening, it is the use of this device that would determine the true winner without being biased.  

Do you have any extra-ordinary stuff around your house?

Photo credit KleverKlem / Reddit 

What Do You Think?

Hit “Like”
to see more Stories on Facebook