Well folks, it’s been a while since we visited. It’s that time of year when there’s not many estate sales to enjoy. This is the season that dictates more Christmas shopping than nail apron shopping. But, that’s okay for now.
My last apron that I was able to acquire was one from a friend who lives in a near-by town. I actually mentioned him in the newspaper article in my first blog entry. His name is Randy Mason. As the story goes, I ran into him when I stopped at his hardware store to get some information about some rough cut lumber. While he wasn’t at the store, he was close-by across the street working on his grandparents home. I was encouraged to talk to him only about the prices so I did. When I walked up to him, I noticed he had a nail apron on. It was different than any I’d seen. Well, to make a long story short, I ended up trading him one of my extra aprons that I had in my truck reserved just for that purpose.
When the article came out, I dropped off a copy of the article for him to read. Of course, as a business man, you take any type of advertisement you can get especially when it’s free. Needless to say, he liked the article. So, when I showed up at his hardware store recently, he met me at the counter with another nail apron. One from his hardware store from the 90’s. I was extremely happy to say the least.
It’s always interesting researching these items. First of all, he told me he thought it was from the mid 90’s which that information always helps. But I also wanted to let you people know that the phone numbers also can tell you it’s age. In this case, the area code 517 was put into service in 1947 and that particular area was split and became 989 in 2001. So, obviously it tells you that the apron was before 2000.
Sure, the apron isn’t that old, but there are no more of them around unless you stumble across one at an estate sale. Keep your eyes open for that old carpenter’s friend, the nail apron.
As a side note, I found the area code information on areacodehelp.com. So, if you are researching the age of your apron by means of a telephone number, that would be one source. Old phone books help as well, but they are scarce except in libraries.
I do have a serious question though. How can I make my pictures come out smaller on this site? As you can see, they are too large and I loose part of the picture. Help!
-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!