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|To and fro and back again.|
Beds: My sister (not famous, except in the family for her legendary memory) slept in this bed after my parents moved from Hobbs, NM to Atlanta, GA. Mama gave it to Rosalind when she moved to Albuquerque and into a one bedroom apartment and used the sleigh beds (in the photo below) so that she could have friends spend the night. Years later when my Mom moved from a one bed room apartment to a two bedroom one in her retirement community, Mom asked for it back. Now that Mom is in Healthcare, it has returned to Rosalind's second bedroom.
These twin antique sleigh beds that my mother purchased in St. Louis at an estate sale (someone famous could have slept here before we owned them) and my sister and I slept in as a young girls, are now in California, newly painted by my daughter for her three-year-old twin's room. At some point, I imagine the beds will be passed on to their children. Or perhaps to nieces and nephews.
My grandmother Rose's bed was passed on to my Uncle Bob and then to me. I converted it into a queen size. You can hardly tell that the mattress extends about 3 inches beyond the bed rails on either side supported by an iron kit that I purchased at a local mattress company.
I did buy a special mattress that is less deep than the current styles, so that you do not need a ladder to climb into the bed! I am wondering if beds were so tall back then to take advantage of the fact that heat rises? So the nearer the ceiling, the warmer you would be in the days before insulation and thermal windows when homes were heated by fireplaces and wood stoves?
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