Bachelor’s Shanty – the original “tiny home”

Tiny Homes are a part of a movement towards a simpler, less expensive, existence, but if you are following the blogs, Pinterest board and the like, it becomes apparent that true simplicity is an uncomfortable ideal for we still tend to get drawn back toward complexity and our familiar comforts.

In Helen (Beckley), West Virginia in the 1920’s coal miners, single or married and living away for the week, would live in one room “Bachelor Shanties” and when you visit the museum there you can see one as it was lived in. As it says on the sign, this was truly an example of living with only the bare necessities. The “Tiny Homes” of today are luxurious!

I am not good at estimating measurements, but I think I would be fair to say that this shanty is no more than 80 square feet, if that.

Bachelor shack 1

This sign shows an actual photograph of the inside of a miner’s shanty (bottom) and (at the top) the mining camp with miner’s houses for those who lived there with their families.

Bachelor shack 2

A more specific description of the miner’s shack and his situation.

Bachelor shack 3

And outside view of the shanty. That washtub hanging outside was used for washing themselves and for washing clothes.

Bachelor shack 4

A peep inside. If you look up near the top of the picture, you can just see a single light bulb, although they would not have had them at that time, thus the kerosene lantern on the shelf above the stove. In the top left corner of the picture is a cast iron wooden-match holder hanging on the wall for lighting the lantern and the stove. There is a luxury/necessity in sight – a rug on the floor. The walls and ceiling are of old-style bead-board.

Bachelor shack 5

Now you can see in. It’s completely basic. The washpan on the wall would be for washing dishes. A coal stove (with a small coal shovel) for cooking and heating with some cookware on the wall and on the stove. A few dishes, some utensils in a pitcher and a Bible. A rocker, 2 chairs and a bed can be seen. In the corner is a washstand for shaving / basic upper body cleaning (see the mirror above it?). You can also see another touch of home – homemade curtains at the windows.

Bachelor shack 6

From this angle you can just see a chamber pot on the floor next to the stove. Yes, that is the toilet. I didn’t ask where they had to take it to empty it everyday. You can see a suitcase at the end of the bed.

Advertisements

Image

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. learningcubed
    Jul 01, 2016 @ 17:10:16

    A very interesting house.

    Reply

Have any thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Member of The Internet Defense League

Blog Stats

  • 35,213 visits
MaverickOnTheMove

The Travel Blog

The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

The Gospel Masquerade

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” Thomas Jefferson

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

Greek Myth Comix

Explaining the Greek myths, one comic at a time

The Seeds 4 Life

Seeds of Inspiration, Wisdom, and Positivity

Here's The Right Side Of It

American Conservative Blog/Opinion/News

Ray Comfort's Daily Evidence

Snippets from The Evidence Bible--now in NKJV

The Counter Jihad Report

News ~ Resources ~ Activism

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

A site dedicated to meaningful fiction

learningcubed

The home of Maths, English and Science!

Words on Empty Ears

Understanding someone’s way with words isn’t as simple as you think.

Nothing Too Trivial

Interesting Things for Interested People

Christian Way

Former Christian Scientists for Jesus Christ

Invisible Mikey

philosophic topics and the arts

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

James Bishop's Theological Rationalism

Where Reason and Evidence Meet Faith.

Global Sermon Editing Project

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

sharia unveiled

illuminating minds

John Taylor Gatto

The Underground History of American Education

Thriving In The 21st Century

Preparing Our Children for the New Economic Reality

Neurochemically Challenged

Coping with severe mental illness through introspection, creativity, documentation, imagery, poetry, prose and verse

%d bloggers like this: