Just some stuff…
I mentioned here that a nurse asked Shirl to remove dad’s teeth before surgery, but he didn’t have dentures. I can remember that man’s tooth brush ( most homes had only one bath all the brushes were together.) Today it would have went into the trash immediately. The bristles went all directions, some were missing, but in his entire life he went to the dentist once. Never had a filling but did have one pulled when he was 58 years old. He took care of his teeth.
On the farm they didn’t use tooth brushes. They used small twigs cut from trees. The tip was chewed to make a small brush. The fruit or nut tree was preferred, claiming there were healing properties there. I know they used sassafras and also made a tea from the bark. I have done that myself. Once on bivouac I was caught making sassafras tea in my helmet by the division officer. He knew what it was but told me to get rid of it fast and get the helmet back on.
Anyway do you remember what trees were used where you lived? I don’t know why but I seem to remember Birch being good to clean teeth.
Oh yes, I hit the jackpot. I finally found the big three carot ring. Picture below.
Oh yes, I guess that would be a 3 carrot ring. She also had a belly button lint brush, Shirl was cool! LOL
Shirl seldom wore that ring, it was too valuable and easily recognized as 3 carrots.
I believe that last car in line is a Hudson early 40's late 30s.