dig dig dig dig dig digPosted: January 31, 2012
Another mud-puddle day in the trenches! (As I sit here warm and dry indoors). Our corner of Dunbar holds a striking resemblance to Vimy Ridge.
We even lacked flush-able toilets this morning! That was interesting. But all this is in the name of progress. We’re very close to having the sewer line trench coming up to the main street. Then it’s up to the City to connect us. Fingers crossed it doesn’t take a ‘coon’s age for them to go down their list to get to us.
The old-things/antiques nerd in me that has been showing up more prominently these days was very excited to see what the guys found in the muck this morning.
It didn’t take long to find out that this empty bottle of Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound is likely around 100 years old. Who knows what the story is behind this little gem, and how and why it landed 10 feet underground on the property, but I think it’s a pretty neat little souvenir to have on display in the new house to remember the days and days of digging, and how far things have come (both in our little world of the laneway house, and the world of medicine for that matter!) Lydia Pinkham died in 1883 and never saw the full success of her medicinal empire, but her Vegetable Compound made the family fortune, grossing $300, 000 annually by her death and peaking in 1925 to $3.8 million.
An interesting and rather frightening side note: the same year as the Vegetable Compound was patented, a prominent American physician was urging the removal of healthy ovaries as a treatment for menstrual cramps. Yikes!! I’d rather go with the Lydia’s medicine “for the female discomforts” thank you. I think it can go without saying that I’m glad to be living in 2012…
Well, enough about history I suppose. Back to the present: The roof is on, the windows and doors are in, and the electrical and plumbing will be going in shortly as well. Excitement abounds in our little corner of the world! More photos to come soon.
In keeping with the theme of history, I thought I’d share this video passed on to me the other day. It’s footage from 1907, going through the streets of downtown Vancouver. Probably around the same time that Lydia E. Pinkham’s bottle landed on our little street corner and got buried. Pretty neat.
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