Allison Jones

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I went back and looked more closely, but unfortunately I couldn't find any label or even a price tag.  I got some more pictures, though.

Only one end has the circular profile; the end with the crank handle (previous pic) is left hexagonal

detail of the opening.  It actually slipped out of position when I turned the crank, so it's not a tight seal these days

looks like some water stains, so probably wasn't filled with water, because in that case the entire thing would be water stained, I think?

inside of one end; the points where the axle mounts to the ends.  The other side is basically identical.
1 month ago
saw this at the flea market today


the circle is a loosely latched lid about 1' in diameter.
1 month ago
My first thought was the Timber Culture Act of the US in the 1870s.  The idea was that homesteaders would claim larger plots of land if they would keep it planted with trees.  The program is generally considered a failure; it was cancelled after about 20 years due to abuse of the system.  The final result was that the great plains are still plains and not forests, although clearly it was not carried out as defined. If the homesteaders had abided by the prescribed tree planting requirements, then perhaps there would have been a difference made.  However, the same struggle would remain today, I think.  How do you convince so many individuals to stick to a plan long enough to carry it out?  While the Little House books are fictionalized accounts, The First Four Years describes Laura and Almanzo Wilder's attempt at maintaining one of these tree homesteads, evidently with enthusiasm and vigor.  But that isn't enough to offset misfortune, and a possibly flawed premise.  This article talked about some of outcomes of the Timber Culture Act:

The reference to the Loess Plateau in China is interesting.  I hadn't heard of that place before and found plenty of articles from about a decade ago talking about the success in the region, but more tempered reactions published more recently, such as .
A general description of the process and state of affairs as of 2013
Here is the World Bank page on their contribution for restoring the soil, which talks about the cost: has an except from a national geographic feature on this, ca 2009.  And another National Geographic article about afforestation as a solution to desertification

All of this is to say that it seems to be complex, and even once we have settled on what seems to be the best solution, we can expect resistance to putting any plan into action.
6 months ago