I love this glider.   It works through the use of channels in which the feet move.  It is unusual among the gliders that we own.  The blanket folded on the glider  was started by an unknown person stitching many “tobacco felts” together.  Judging by the names of the countries (Persia, Servia) and the flags representing them,  these felts came from before and around WWI.  They were given as promotions in a pack of cigarettes, and really are flannel rather than felt.

Finding a box of these at an estate sale, with some already put together as quilt tops only,  I finished all that I could and made four quilts out of them.  Getting really crazy one winter, I stitched lines all over the entire surface of the four quilts, a quarter of an inch apart.  This  made them into another kind of object; one that is still warm, but very prone to slide off the bed.  In this estate sale box were also many tiny oriental rugs that may have been tobacco premiums as well.

We have lots of metal chairs the same age as the gliders.  When you see them for sale they almost always come in pairs.  They must have been sold as pairs, one as a rocker, and one not.  They probably were kept together, so if one survives, often both do.  This pair is special because of the bracing on the back.



  1. Recognizing the life still in Things gets us thinking of all this disposable Stuff we choose to buy-why?? I admire your ability to connect with the life in things. My latest concern is that we’ve covered 40% of the oceans of the world’s surfaces with plastic garbage–40% of all of the oceans!! That’s equal to all of the land mass of the whole planet, as if every square inch of land surface is covered with plastic garbage. If we were to be willing to clean up our mess, and haul this stuff on shore, where would we put it? Plastic lasts interminably–makes Lee’s aluminum look like paper. hmmmmm
    I’m trying to totally avoid purchasing any plastic, including packaging. Gotta get off petroleum products and in our lifetimes we have lived well without plastics as kids and without the multiple cars and vehicles many families own. Friendly feet and bikes and buses here we go!

  2. You are so right, Madelyn. What if we never used anything that has not been used at least once before? Recycle, re purpose, propagate! You know, I felt at the beginning of this current economic crisis, people were being forced to think differently, and were kind of getting in to it. Canning was getting popular again. Now we are going back to our old unthinking ways. Who decided for this disposable society for us? The capitalists at the turn of the twentieth century?

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