I always look for the oil can holders on the old machines. You see, before grease fittings or sealed bearings, machines had places to add oil, as seen in the tall spout with the cap in the picture of the side of the threshing machine below.
In those days, the operator would tend his machine by walking around with an oil can, ensuring that oil receptacles did not go dry.
Consequently, machines usually came with some kind of oil can holder, as shown on the side of another threshing machine.
Here's an oil can holder mounted on the end of the tool box on a grain binder.
You probably guessed already that most of my amusement when viewing the old machinery comes from my memory of being a human oil can holder, and for the purpose of clarity, I'll repeat the picture from my previous blog below.
On Saturday, August 28, 2010, the Dakota County Fairgrounds will be the site for The Summer Spectacular, which will include 2 buildings full of crafts for sale and classic cars on display. Nancy and I will be selling our books in building 22, which is on the south edge of the grounds. Stop by to say "hello."