I really enjoy using my grand father's tools.  I brings back memories of when I watched him fixing things without power tools.  He saved money by fixing shoes.  He would use his cobbler tools to put new soles and heels on shoes.

My grandfather took his horse and buggy to the Randolph Street Market to get produce for his grocery store.

This is a Cobbler's Anvil. He would use it to hold a shoe as he worked on it.

This is my grandfather's cobbler's Hammer.

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Need new heels? Put the shoe on the anvil, then pound 8 nails in with a cobbler's hammer.

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Installing new soles is a lot harder. He had to hand stitch the sole on to the shoe.

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This is the cobblers stitching tool that my grandpa used to put new soles on shoes. If I knew how to use this tool, I could have fixed my bowling shoes pictured below.

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This cigar box contains brass stencils that grandma used to make signs for the store window. That tool with the handle was used to stitch soles onto the shoes.

These are the bowling shoes that I used for 50 years until the stitches wore out. In the old days, bowling shoes had a combination of rubber and leather soles. Shoes for right handed bowlers had an all leather sole on the left shoe and a rubber sole with a leather toe on the right shoe. That allowed the bowler to slide on the leather surfaces then use the rubber part for stopping.

This is the cobblers knife that was used to cut leather.

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These were keys to grocery store on Paulina Street in Chicago. I could not find a name for the all purpose tool on the right. You can use it as a hatchet, pry bar and hammer.  I'll call it his HPBH tool. 

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This tool is 18 inches long.

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His old wooden thermometer is still working in my garage.

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This is the scale he had in his grocery store.
 

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Grandpa made ground beef with this meat grinder.

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This is the sandstone grinding wheel that he made.  My brother Herb gives it a spin.  We used to pedal that wheel as fast as we could,
 

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I love using these tools.

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You have to be really strong to swing this pick.

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My grandparents had an ice box in their kitchen in the mid 1940s. He had ice delivered several times a week. On a hot day, the iceman would toss us a chip of ice. This ice pick was helpful when you had to move a block of ice.

 

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These 1958 church calendars were still hanging in the basement. 1958 was the year I graduated from High school. Notice the fish printed on every Friday to remind you not to eat meat. St Mark is where I went to grade school and St Fidalis is where my wife went to school.

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My grandpa made this wooden shovel.

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He made this hand truck that helps me move heavy objects.

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This oil burning lantern is handy when the power goes out.

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My grandpa had a horse that pulled his wagon to the Randolph Street markets where he purchased food to sell in his store.

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I used this ax a few times until the handle broke.

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Cigar boxes were frequently used for storage of multiple items.  I still have a few of them in use.

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This is the shovel my Grandpa used to shovel coal into the furnace that heated his house. You can see how the blade was worn down by years of sliding on the concrete.

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(Above) I use this sickle often when I need to cut some tall weeds.

(Right) My grandpa used this pitch fork to pitch hay in the barn to his horse.  I use it to remove dead Hosta leaves in the Fall.

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This tool made it easy to pour a quart of oil into your car.

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This is a 4 foot ruler that was used to cut wallpaper.

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This is the counter from my grandparents' store. My son -n law Dan moved it and found the block plane pictured in the right frame.

I found an antique wooden block plane like this on Ebay for $43.13

This is in an oil burning blow torch.

My Mom used ketchup bottles like this as baby bottle for me.  She said that I would toss it out of the crib when I was finished.

We use this scoop to fill our bird feeders.

Getting hit with this would hurt a lot more than a rolling pin.

My Grandma slaved on the stove above. It burned gas and wood.  She also washed clothes with the washboard pictured on the right. My mom had a ringer wash machine that made washing clothes a lot easier than the wash board, but it still was hard work putting the wet clothes through the ringer.

 

These are Grandpa's canes I used one of them when I had my hip replaced. Our grandson Luke and his friends did a great job of looking like grandpas for Halloween.

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Mom had a Brownie box camera

 My Uncle Frank bought this Brownie Starflash Camera that had a Dakon lens.