Procurement, Part 2

This weekend, Paul, Paul’s grandpa, my mom, my dad and I spent a cumulative 47.5 hours ripping out plaster, lathe and insulation from the second floor, the bathroom and part of the kitchen.  Quite the productivity!  And in addition to all that, we bought the best bathtub ever.  Behold:

Sorry for the poor-quality photos–they are from the Craigslist posting.  I’ll post better ones later.  So, what are you looking at?  It is our “new” clawfoot bathtub, pulled out of a 105 year-old farm house north of Pine City.  It’s cast iron and was incredibly heavy (the seller actually put it on his Bobcat tractor to help us get it into the vehicle), but as you can see, it’s in pretty good condition.  Especially the feet, which is rare.  All of the hardware–the shower riser, the faucet and the old-school curtain rod–were included, another rare find.

Clawfoot bathtubs were popular in the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th century.  While I can’t find very much on the history of this style of shower riser/curtain rod, I know that it was a common add-on to this type of tub.  Back at the turn of the century, taking a bath was the preferred method of cleaning oneself in comparison to taking a shower–even for adults, as shown by this photo from 1915:

Shaving in the bathtub, 1915 (Credit:

With the bathtub purchased, we now have almost all of our kitchen and bathroom fixtures–all that’s left is a kitchen sink and we’re set!  Tomorrow I’ll try to take some photos of the demo we’ve been doing.


About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on March 6, 2011, in History, Reuse and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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