How do Amish keep warm in the buggy? by OldKat.
My mother grew up in an Alsatian community SW of San Antonio Texas. Many of the early Mennonites and also many Amish were also Alsatian. Though not Amish, members of her community were NOT “early adopters” of technology, fashion, etc. She was born in 1920 and her family was still using buggies and wagons for much of their daily transportation needs, though by the mid to late 1920’s they owned an automobile … a Model T Touring with no top. She told me that they used super heavy lap blankets to cut the wind off their legs and lower trunk & used lighter weight blankets (sometimes several layers) to wrap around the torso, limbs and all.
Some 34 or 35 years ago when I bought my first horse drawn vehicle, a Racine-Satterly spring wagon, she produced one of the lap blankets for me out of storage. I never had seen it before and had no idea it even existed. It has a very thick felt like core and a covering of some sort of prickly material with a volure like appearance, but scratchy stiff and quite frankly not at all comfortable against bare skin. Then again, it was probably 60 years old by then so it may have lost something in storage. I still have it, but a couple of years ago I was handling it and it was literally falling to pieces. I have thought about reproducing it, but I seldom take any of my rigs out on the road and it isn’t really all that cold here anymore so it hasn’t been a priority.
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