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About the cover

  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    August 2008

Does This Wring a Bell?

In the article about Norman Ruebush's tractors in the July 2008 Desert Exposure ("Running Like a Deere"), you also mention his 1935 "ringer-washer." I believe the machine is probably a "wringer-washer." After items were washed, they were put through the wringer to squeeze out the water so they could be put on the line, fence or wherever to dry. I used one in 1945 when I first married and lived in Catron County where there was no electricity. A small gasoline engine provided the power for the machine; the wringer was operated by hand. (This may or may not be new information for you. Accept it for what it is worth.)

Desert Exposure is a superb newspaper. It is also very popular. I volunteer at the Visitor Center where many people come in for the sole purpose of picking up "the best paper in the Southwest," a phrase or similar one used often.

Mable Rogers
Silver City

Editor's note: You are of course correct, and thanks for setting us straight. That'll teach us to rely on spell-check!


Gallery Goodbye

Thanks so much for the story about Julie Ford Oliver ("Beyond the Patio," June) and the cover art, and all of the art to go with the story. It was well written and timely, and the Patio Art Gallery appreciates all of the press that you have given us for the past five years.

Merry O'Malley
Patio Art Gallery
Las Cruces

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