Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Child's Tin Drum
Many years ago I frequently visited the aunt of a friend who lived outside of Palmyra, New York and who owned dilapidated property next to her house that she had inherited from a spinster relative. The place had originally been a gas station with a little motor court in back where tiny cabins sat, overnight sleepers for those traveling the roads in the 1930s and 40s. My friend and I spent many hours picking through the ruins of the property, searching for unique treasures, such as this adorable tin drum I found in a corner of the oil station garage. I was never able to find the little drum sticks that went with it, but my children spent many happy hours playing upon it with utensils, sticks or little hands. Thus, this drum has more beat marks than it originally had when I found it. Stored in my attic for a number of years now, I've decided it's time to find it a new home, where it can be appreciated once more. Diameter of this piece is 6 3/4" and height is 3 1/4". It is stamped "Made in U.S.A." and judging from the little children on it, it was probably meant for a 4th of July celebration in the late 1920s to early 30s. What a sweet display piece this would make in a nursery or child's room.