Monday, May 20, 2013

Still Here



“Health - what my friends are always drinking to before they fall down.”  ~Phyllis Diller

“Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”  ~W.C. Fields

“What's drinking?
A mere pause from thinking!”
~George Gordon, Lord Byron

Well, my mystery picture is a still! Many of you guessed it! This particular one is not the Baldwin sisters  recipe machine, it is one that was confiscated locally and is just like it. It resides in The Waltons museum. This one is a real working machine, all ready to go. Moonshining was the only way many had of supporting their families, and it was looked on as a kind of talent, like faith healing and water dowsing. It is still practiced today in some areas, and people take pride in their "recipes".


“In any event, keep a close check on yourself. And don’t worry too much about what the critics will say. Go ahead and drink a little wine, for instance; it’s good for your digestion, good medicine for what ails you.”
1 Timothy 5

23 comments:

Terra said...

Great Scripture quote and photos of the still. W.C. Fields is TOO funny.

DawnTreader said...

It does look like an Art ;)

Joanne said...

Once in college some guys brought up some moonshine and it smelled just like rubbing alcohol! Needless to say I didn't taste it. However whenever I watched The Walton's they always made it seem that the Badwin sisters were making something yummy. Great pictures
Blessings, Joanne

SquirrelQueen said...

The Baldwin sister were two of my favorite characters on the Walton's.
Unlike Joanne I did take a tiny taste of some "shine" back in college. I thought my throat was on fire, never again. I love those jars in your header. Wonder what's inside? LOL!

reana claire said...

I thought you were showing some scientific pictures.. :) Interesting..

From the Kitchen said...

A little scary that I recognized it right off!!

Best,
Bonnie

Sandra said...

this is so cool... when we lived in the hills in KY we were told if you are walking in the woods and see one of these, keep walking and never say you saw it, that could be dangerous to your health. that was back in the early 50's and i know they are still there.... i love the jars in the header.

Ma said...

Great quotes!

Tamago said...

Wow I could have never be able to guess! Great photos and I like the drawing, too! These colorful bottles are very pretty :-)

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Haha! I was going to guess that but I had no idea what a still looked like. I love your title! Oh Ginny, you are so clever!

Shug said...

Yep....moonshine it is! I've heard a lot of folks talk about the moonshine
that used to be made, back in the day. Sounds a bit dangerous to me.

have a safe and happy day.
shug

Chatty Crone said...

I knew it was some sort of copper tubing! Moonshine! Ginny! lol

Laurie said...

wow, isn't that amazing,

LV said...

I have heard about these, even recently. Never saw one tho. A big time deal in the past.

Donna said...

Hahahaaa....good to know.
hughugs

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I kinda thought it might be a still! I always loved seeing the Baldwin sisters on the Waltons. I love your photos and the quotes are great! That WC Fields!! ha ha!

George said...

I guess I should have guessed it was a still. It's interesting to see nonetheless.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

We're in the moonshine capital of the US where we live. It's often at potlucks and such - believe it or not. Crazy!

Betsy Adams said...

I should have guessed it... Never even thought about it being a moonshine still.... Makes sense though!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny, Interesting. I sure do like your pictures of the colored liquid jars. Have a pleasant evening tonight and a really good Wed. tomorrow!

Ann said...

I knew it had to be a still. I'm wondering if all those canning jars are filled with a bit of moonshine :)

Dee said...

I did not guess it was still. I am sure they still have them only more updated. I have enjoyed the photo's of the Walton Home.

Lady Jane said...

My dad delivered moon back during the depression. Your still brought back some family stories lol...