The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bodie Waste Management Company


There wasn't one.  Everyone just tossed their refuse out the back door.
It is fun to try a figure out what the various cans may have contained.

Think of all the jobs that basin was used for.

The large one gallon container held what?  Cooking oil?  Lamp oil? 

Another basin just like the one above.  Perhaps these are what the general store in Bodie sold.

Here the neck of a medicine bottle.  Doc Johnson's Snake Oil Elixir perhaps.

I like the colored glass the bottles of that day were made from.

12 comments:

  1. Yes remarkable they had coloured glass in such a remote area.

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  2. I made that remark earlier also. Food for future archeologists.

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  3. that would drive me crazy! i hate trash and pick it up around here whenever it unearths.

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  4. i read that glass in those days had something in it that turned colors after long exposure to the sun - shows how old it is.

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  5. Interesting find on this one, Tom. I'm like Tex...it would drive me crazy to have that junk lying around.

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  6. Creative photography. Loved them all!

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  7. I can never understand just throwing trash around!

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  8. Love these old trash finds. I see these all the time driving around the desert, especially near the old mining camps. You can tell a lot about the people who used to live there (and when they lived there) by digging through their trash! I found a lot of old WW2 General Patton military training camp trash a while back. I'm guessing that glass has some lead in it, was clear back in the day, and picked up the color over the years by being exposed to light.

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  9. I wonder what stories future archaeologists will make of these rubbish dumps?

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. I think way back when it was a common practice in may places to toss refuse out the back door. For sure we cannot understand that now!

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  11. Great travels and places, I admire your drive to explore, live and photograph. I believe Sinbad is a great company; cats are curious and enjoy seeing and exploring too!

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  12. I bet everybody and his brother had one of those basins...

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