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THE OLD TIN DIPPER
at the Threshermen's Park School House

Vintage Schoolhouse Tin Water Cooler with Old Tin Dipper

Visitors to the Thresher's Park Schoolhouse always notice the old fashioned metal "Arctic Boy" water cooler standing on a wooden stool beside a window. A necessity back in the days of no running water, it still reminds what a pleasure it must have been to school children to get a refreshing cool drink of clear water on a warm sunny day. And the tin dipper hanging on the side of the cooler sparks a little nostalgia too.

Pinned to the wall beside the cooler is a pretty little poster with a poem printed in the middle. Written by Margaret Neel, the poem titled "The Tin Dipper" captures the feeling entirely, and reminds once again how pleasant such simple things can be.

THE TIN DIPPER
by Margaret Neel

It hung on a pail that stood on a stool
By the door of an old-time country school,
And the water it dipped was cool and sweet,
Fresh as mountain dew in the schoolroom's heat.

Its handle was long, its cup was battered,
But to shoving children all that mattered
Was the clear cool drink that would quench the thirst
Of the lucky youngster who reached it first.

And never was water so good, so cool,
As dipped from the pail at that old-time school
Along with the schoolhouse of another day,
The common tin dipper has passed away.

But on warm still days it is good to think
Of that old tin dipper's refreshing drink,
From the shining pail on a wooden stool
By the door of an old-time country school.

Did you see the children "hidden" in the shrubbery?

Closeup of poem on the poster:

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