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.