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Friday, December 28, 2012

What in the world was this sink used for? Update: The "Standard" Straddle Stand

Update: sometimes ignorance is bliss...

Many thanks to Walter K. Parker II, The Old School Plumber, for sending these photos - taken from a 1936 "Standard" catalog.

It turns out these 'Straddle Stands' (patent date 1919) were designed by the Army for use during the World War to treat and prevent sexual diseases. This sink would have originally had a stand with a foot petal to operate and control the temperature of the water.  

The Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co. was the only company to manufacture this sink and restricted the sale primarily to the U.S. Army and Navy, Government, State and City Health Departments, Hospitals and Physicians in good standing.


We stumbled upon this antique / vintage cast iron sink and are stumped as to how it was used!

We've had lots of guesses...
mainly bidet, hair salon, dental sink, mortuary sink, industrial eye washing sink...

If you know what it is, please let us know!

Roanoke, VA

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Cutting Boards from Phoenix Hardwoods - Great Local Gifts!!!

Just arrived...Phoenix Hardwoods Cutting Boards!

Local gift giving at its best!

In a variety of styles and price ranges from $12 - $32

Available here at:
Black Dog Salvage

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan!

For the furniture painter on your list:

The just released "Annie Sloan Work Book"!

Sample Pots! 

Waxwell Brushes
$37.95 - worth every penny!

Treat yourself or someone special to a Workshop taught by artist Courtney Cronin - gift certificates available!

Introduction to Chalk Paint® decorative paint $95
Saturday, January 12th: 9am - 12pm
Wednesday, January 16th: 9am - 12pm

Additional Techniques: stenciling, decoupage, craqueleur $95
Wednesday, January 23rd: 9am-12pm

Light refreshments served and all supplies provided.
Call (540) 343-6200 or email: to reserve a space!

Salvage Dawgs - following the adventures of Black Dog Salvage - on the DIY Network AND HGTV!

Many thanks to everyone for watching Salvage Dawgs!  We've really enjoyed the feedback from new and old friends these last few weeks. It's been a great experience, thanks to the talented and fun folks at Trailblazer Studios!

We just received exciting news that the show will air on HGTV - January 3rd and January 10th at 8pm and 8:30pm!

The first 5 episodes have run on the DIY Network and are showing again in re-runs. For the schedule, click HERE.  To find your local channel, click HERE.

For some background information on each episode, see the links below:

We'll start filming again in January, with new episodes airing next Summer...stay tuned!

For updates, 'like' these facebook pages:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Bacon!

 A little something for every bacon lover on your list!

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Hokie Nation

With over 30 local vendors and artists in our Marketplace, we have something for everyone, in every price range!

For the Hokie on your list:

Decorative Napkins that stand up (even some for Cav fans!) from To Bee Seated

Hokie earrings from Lost and Found Again

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Pet Lovers

With over 30 local vendors and artists in our Marketplace, we have something for everyone, in every price range!

Here are a few gift ideas for the pet lovers on your list:

All natural dog treats made locally by Tanker Tots
$6.50 each

The Roanoke Valley SPCA 2013 Pet Calendar
$20 - all proceeds go to benefit the SPCA
cash or check only

Doggie note cards from Harvest $11.25

Cat and Dog Note Cards from Harvest $13.50

Dog Bone - perfect for loose change, business cards, paperclips or treats from Harvest!

Tug toys for your pup from Harvest $9 each

Itty bitty doggie bowls (appetizer plates for Sally!)
from Harvest $5.50 each

Sally Books by Stephen Huneck!  No relation to our own sweet Sally but they have a striking resemblance :)  These make great gifts for all ages!

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Roanoke Scenes

For anyone who has fond memories of Roanoke,
these make a great sentimental gift!

* Andrew and I have the Texas Tavern print at home,
since it was the first place we ate when we moved here.
We had no idea at the time that we had just joined 

'The Millionaires Club'!

Scenes of Roanoke, VA
by artist Lee Penny Baker
available here @ Black Dog Salvage
unframed $25
framed $50
black & white note cards $12

Roanoke Weiner Stand

Wertz's Country Store

Tinnell's Finer Foods

St. Andrew's Catholic Church

South Roanoke Fire Station

A Roanoke Welcome
Public Art, Roanoke Regional Airport

Norfolk & Western Passenger Station

Mill Mountain

Market Square

Hotel Roanoke

H&C Coffee Sign

Downtown Roanoke Fire Station

Dr. Pepper Sign

The Coffee Pot

Offices, Central Mfg Co.

Time Passes
Billy's Ritz