10 responses to Is This “First Air-Conditioned Top Buggy” Real?
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    Ryan H
    Comment on Is This “First Air-Conditioned Top Buggy” Real? (March 19th, 2018 at 08:40)

    Those are great photos. If you enlarge the one on the website, you can read it:

    “Powered two ways
    Same 12 volt battery that runs the buggy lights
    Recharge battery to 110 home outlet
    Power inverter wired in buggy
    Have a Cool Ride
    Sells #67 @ the first of buggy sell (?) Tomorrow”

    • Ah, thanks Ryan! You must have found a larger version. The one I posted is 520 pixels wide and was too blurry to read when I made it larger.

      I still wonder about the story with this buggy though. I kind of doubt that A/C-equipped buggies are going to become a regular thing anytime soon, and I don’t think this would be intended for a non-Amish buyer since it looks to be designed like an Amish buggy otherwise. Maybe a novelty thing, or maybe meant for a special health situation like I mentioned above…

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    Comment on buggy technology (March 19th, 2018 at 08:52)

    buggy technology

    Don’t know about the air conditioning possibility, but Amish buggies often have other advanced technologies in them. There’s more about that here:

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Is This “First Air-Conditioned Top Buggy” Real? (March 19th, 2018 at 10:05)

    I was able to enlarge the picture when I clicked on the link to the full newspaper article and could read a little more — “Powered two ways. Same 12 volt auto battery that runs the buggy lights. Precharge battery to 110 home outlet.” I couldn’t read enough to understand what is the other way of powering the air conditioner.

    I’ve been to Dinky’s many times in the past 20 years. It starts at 6 p.m. almost every Friday night of the year. I think there are usually two or three Friday nights during the year when there is no regular auction. You can go to Dinky’s website for a listing of those three Fridays when there is no auction. The website also lists many special auctions at Dinky’s throughout the year. There is an Amish produce auction building across the road from Dinky’s where produce auctions are held two or three days each week from about May through October. If a person was going to be in the area, it would make for an interesting Friday to go to the produce auction in the morning, visit some Amish stores in the area in the afternoon, eat at one of several Amish-style restaurants for dinner, and then go to Dinky’s in the evening.

    When I’ve been to Dinky’s there have been up to ten auction rings going at the same time. Many of the auctioneers are Amish, as are the clerks, cashiers, etc. There is a food stand that sells hamburgers, french fries, pie, ice cream, etc. which is run on a rotating basis usually by Amish school groups. There is also a bakery stand, as well as a large produce stand that sells many kinds of produce. Auction starts at 6, goes on for several hours depending on how much there is to sell — everything from livestock to produce to antiques to boxes of junk.

    I’ve got lots of Dinky’s stories from through the years, but my favorite one is when I was talking with some New Order Amish from Salem, Indiana one day after an auction. The youth boys from that settlement had taken some small animals (like baby goats or rabbits) over to Dinky’s to sell.
    Auction started at 6 p.m, but their small animals weren’t on the auction stand til about midnight! I’ve often wondered what the record is for what has been the latest closing time for a Dinky’s auction.

    • Wow, I didn’t know they can go so late. I am not the auction aficionado many Amish are, so my visits to Amish auctions are usually just a few hours max.

      I enjoyed learning about the origin of the name of this place. John Lengacher is right, something short, simple and memorable is what you want. And to me that’s what “Dinky’s” is. Always seemed such a funny name, but I never asked anyone where it came from…kinda neat that the name also honors the earlier Mennonite owner of the land.

      Al I know you’ve mentioned Dinky’s here before…you are our unofficial expert on this place 🙂

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    Comment on Washing machines (March 19th, 2018 at 10:53)

    Washing machines

    Wow!! Do those washing machines bring back memories. They are just like the one my grandma used when I was a child. Loved seeing the pics!!

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Is This “First Air-Conditioned Top Buggy” Real? (March 19th, 2018 at 17:28)

    Enjoyed this article. I haven’t been to an auction in years and never an Amish auction. Would like to schedule that in next time I am visiting my sister in Ohio during Spring or Fall.

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    Comment on wringer washers (March 24th, 2018 at 11:58)

    wringer washers

    The wringer washing machines are very familiar to me. My family used one during all of my growing up years. My mother scorned the more modern washers as a waste of water. We had long clothes lines in our back yard that we used to hang our freshly washed clothes on. During winter we used clothes lines that my dad rigged up in our basement. I was the youngest of four kids, and we finally got an electric clothes dryer when I was an older teen in the late 1960’s. The photo does bring back memories, not all of them good. I always wondered why my mother refused to advance to modern-day living. Such a stubborn woman. She grew up in a large family (12 kids) in Missouri, and neither she nor any of her siblings were educated past 8th grade. She said her grandparents spoke Pennsylvania Dutch, though she didn’t learn it herself. There may (or not) have been some Amish in the family.

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