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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!

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