Matt has been fabulously restoring his 1889 house, and he blogs about it.
Recently, he partially re-installed his speaking tube system! I was SO happy for Matt! But then I thought: Why aren’t I doing the same?
Indeed. Why not?
The speaking tubes in the Cross House are mostly intact. One goes from the first-floor kitchen to the second-floor sewing room. And one goes from the sewing room to the third-floor “plaster” room. The latter room was, I think, either the housekeeper’s room, or a servant’s hall.
When I purchased the house all the mouthpieces were missing. But I eventually acquired three on eBay, and my friend Harold stunned me by gifting the house with one he had squirreled away. And the four mouthpieces have sat in drawer all this time.
But, inspired by Matt, I decided to have some fun today.
Tragically, I was alone in the house today so could not test the system.
I will soon add the lower mouthpiece to the sewing room!
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