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Monday, February 18, 2008

Water Hand Pump


I remember as a kid my grandparents having one of these in their yard too. I don't see them around much anymore. Have you ever used one?

13 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Never ever used one, but do see them from time to time out in the countryside.. all rusted. I also reproductions stuck it gardens all nicely painted and shiney..

oldmanlincoln said...

That is called a "deep well pump" and could bring water up from over 100 feet down a drilled well. We had them everywhere outside when I was growing up. Water troughs for cattle and horses had them if not supplied by a windmill. And our school had one outside the front door and that's where older boys always tried to get new kids in 1st grade to stick their tongues on the ice cold handle. Of course they got stuck and had to be rescued by Miss Brown. They had to prime the pumps by pouring in the top about a quart of water. That put water on top of the leather and the weight of the water forced the leather down and made it softer so it would seal with the pipe again and enable anybody to pump water. They are still used in the mountains of West Virginia and I see one now and then around these parts but they are about as scarce as a good politician and an honest preacher.

Rambling Round said...

I've seen them but not used them. There probably aren't a lot of them around anymore.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I have used one years sgo. I installed a similar pump, on the edge of the sink in our cabin. It is a cistern pump I use to pump water from the river . You can still by them new. Leathers for these old pumps are still available.

The truck is a classic. I bet restorers of old vehicle pester the owner to sell.

quintarantino said...

Now this is what I could call a coincidence ... my mother in law haves one just the same on her backyard ...
Some snow on the ground?

Misty Dawn said...

I recently took a photo of one of these too.

We used to have one at the farm in the old state - it was wonderful on those hot summer days to go 'get a drink from the well'

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

seen some but never used one -- I forgot that there was no mail today, so the book will be mailed tomorrow. :)

Neva said...

My great grandmother had one and I remember it well......but haven't seen any recently around me.....nice shot.

photowannabe said...

Interesting shot. I guess I have been too much of a city girl and have never used one.

GMG said...

I've seen some, but actually never used...
Amazing old truck...
Have a great week!
Blogtrotter

Willard said...

Salty and I grew up in an old farm house which had one of these on the front porch. It furnished all of our drinking and household water until we had a deeper well dug with an electric pump. This happened in about the early to mid-1960s. These probably means we were among the last in our area to grow up under the old traditional living conditions. I would have been about 13 when the pump was replaced.

I can also remember when electricity was put in the old farm house. This would have been about 1953-54 and is one of my earliest memories. We never did have a telephone until we left home and went on our own.

Deslilas said...

I'm fond of such water pump. I've repaired one in my garden and made some researches about the factory it came from. Alfred Cornau in Charleville-Mézières. The factory still exists, it's name is Deville, the name of an engineer who married the daughter of the first owner at the end of the 19th century. Deville is known for its stoves and radiators nowadays.

Bev said...

I grew up with one in my grandparents' back yard. We used to play with it during the summer. It still works today. We even had the water tested back before the Y2K scare just in case something did happen to he local water supply for a few days. I intend for my boys to spend summers pumping Great Great Grandmpa's old hand pump for fun as well.

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