Gallery of Backyarchaeology: Basement Pulley

Here’s a day-after-Christmas addition to the Gallery of Backyarchaeology: I’ve been going down into the basement for more than three years and it wasn’t until I was under there doing some organizing December 26 that I noticed this small pulley mechanism screwed into a floor beam in relative plain sight. Its rusted condition and iron construction leads me to believe it could be anywhere from as old as the house (built in 1916) to half that. Beyond the mystery of its age, I can only wonder for what it was used.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."