Stories of the Old South

Copyright Bonnie Stanard

This would have been appreciated in wintry weather such as we've been having. In the 19th Century, it was placed in carriages and used in the home, even in a bed. Pictured on the left is the lid to the piece on the right.

A plantation owner and the slaves who tolerated or hated him...the unadorned Antebellum South.

Halina correctly identified the photo below as that of a bed-warmer (or foot warmer). She wrote, "Hot coals were put in the right pan portion, then the cover was lowered and the whole thing went between the sheets (or carriage blankets) to warm a cold place." Foot warmers might be used anywhere, including in a sitting room, for despite a warm fire, the floor was likely to be cold.


Halina Schafer was first to identify the item

(two parts, one item) in the photo below.

She won her choice of one of my novels.

My talk on February 22, at the SC State Library in Columbia, SC, gave me a chance to think about not just the book What Missing Means, but my approach to writing it. I had a great audience. Thank-you for the warm reception! And thank-you Andersen Cook and Speaker @ the Center for your support of local writers.

 My presentation on the novel 

What Missing Means

Halina Schafer

Winner of the Photo ID Contest

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I write fiction and poetry and try to improve my craft by attending writers workshops and author conferences.  Writers such as Hilary Mantel, Colm Toibin, Zadie Smith, and Richard Russo inspire me to try harder. I live in Lexington, South Carolina.

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