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“This iron ob­ject was dug up in our back­yard,” writes Ed Har­vey of Ed­mon­ton. It mea­sures 20 cm x 12 cm x 3 cm and has ”28” and ”PJH8” stamped into the metal. We’ve found old rail­road spikes in our yard and sus­pect this may also be re­lated to the rail­ways, as our house was owned by a CNR stew­ard from 1947 to 1974.” LATHER UP! Narda Julg of De­seronto, Ont., was one of many who iden­ti­fied last is­sue’s mys­tery item sent in by Vir­ginia Cahill of Abotts­ford, B. C., as a soap saver. “I’m so tick­led to see some­thing I rec­og­nize from my child­hood— my mother had one of these,” says Narda. Years ago, wash day was a huge process. Sliv­ers of yel­low laun­dry soap would be placed in­side this mesh con­tainer and when it was full and tightly closed, Mother would take it by the han­dle and swish it back and forth in the hot wa­ter un­til there were enough suds to wash the clothes. Ev­ery tiny bit was used and noth­ing wasted.” Thanks to all who wrote in! Go to our­canada.ca/what-is-it to iden­tify this is­sue’s mys­tery item. Do you have a thinga­ma­jig of your own you can’t iden­tify? Send along a photo of it, and it may ap­pear on this page! See page at left for our ad­dress.

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