Cherry Stoners and Apple Parers a Hundred Years Ago

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, August 5, 1913: What would you write, when you had nothing to write about?

cherry stonerWith the cherry stoner the fruit is stoned by the pressure of two steel fingers worked by a handle. The cherries are fed automatically two at a time as long as the hopper is kept filled, and the operation separates the fruit and the stone into different receptacles.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Hmm . . . that’s a dilemma for me sometimes, too. What do I write about, when I have nothing to write about?

Well, sometimes I browse through old magazines and see if I get any ideas . . .

I found a fun article in May, 1913 issue Ladies Home Journal that presented some of the newest canning tools and gadgets. Maybe Grandma spent the day canning fruits or vegetables.

An apple parer, corer and slicer pares, cores and slices the fruit, and then, pushing off the apple is ready to repeat the operation. It can be used to pare without coring and slicing.

apple parer

13 Responses

  1. I would like to see that cherry stoner in operation.

  2. I remember using an apple peeler, but I have never used a cherry stoner.

  3. Wow, I have so many childhood memories of our cherry stoner! :)
    We had a cherry tree (with very sour cherries) and at the end of summer, there was always a whole day where we used the cherry stoner from morning till evening. It was such a mess! Juice everywhere, stones sometimes flying through the kitchen too. It’s a very handy machine but what a mess! :D
    Next day was spent cooking marmelade hmmmm ….

  4. Grandma was obviously having a very quiet summer…

  5. It seems to me that Grandma was ready for some adventure in her, like only 18 year old youngsters can have ;0) Poor Girl!

  6. Someone sent me an olive pitter once. Wonder if the concept is the same. This was just a little thing that stores in my kitchen drawer. Never used – but stored. :)

  7. I have been so taken when you share articles and ads that you’ve found in 1913 magazines that I found, bid on, and won a whole year’s worth of Ladies Home Journal from 1905 as I’ve become very interested with life during the late 1800s/early 1900s. I researched how much some of the single issues went for and feel that, although it was a large amount of cash for me to part with, it was a good deal. Now to figure out what to do with them. :)

  8. I think we can all identify with her words (particularly those of us who blog!).

  9. You grandma would probably blog or tweet if she lived today! Those gadgets were fascinating to see – thanks for sharing.

  10. In eastern Canada we have a place called Upper Canada Village and I went there on many school trips and with family when relatives visited. It’s a heritage village and they made many foods like cheese, butter, bread the old-fashioned way. Your apple corer, parer reminded me of how they dried cored and sliced apples on a string, something I tried as a kid at home…was a great treat once they dried and I guess back in the day it was harder to get fruit out of season but dried apples could be used in baking and porridge in the winter!

  11. I love looking at the old kitchen gadgets in museums :)

  12. Look at all the information available at your fingertips that wasn’t available to your grandmother!

  13. It’s almost like she was writing to you. :-)

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