Monday, December 31, 2018

Whelks, from a wheelbarrow (Victorian days)

I don't have a photo, but maybe someone will come across on.

I wasn't looking up wheelbarrows, but checking how to spell "whelk" (whether it was "welk," and it is not), for writing a bit about how Koreans use toilet paper for napkins and nose wipe and all else. Or they did when it was a poorer country and not a family might use tissues (like Kleenex) for everything from paper towels to butt-wipe.

Anyway, I found this:
Take a peek under the whelk's shell, however, and you'll find it to be quite an eccentric little chap. Sold out of wheelbarrows in Victorian London, the whelk was a popular street food in the poorer neighbourhoods of Whitechapel and Lambeth...

Times, of course, have changed. No one would dream of eating street food from a wheelbarrow.

(Quote from: Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable, so why did we stop eating them in the UK?)

Seafood with a shell, from a wheelbarrow, brings to mind the song "Molly Malone, which starts:
In Dublin's fair city, where girls are so pretty
I first laid my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow, through streets dark and narrow,
Crying "Cockels and mussle, alive, alive-o"

She's usually shown with a flat, wooden hand cart, in images I've seen in music books, and a statue they have in Dublin now.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A small load of large firewood

When this photo arrived from Bruno Venturini Machado, I commented "Whose is it and where? How is someone going to split that wood in Lisbon without risking breaking tile or windows? Car windows and houses? 🙂"

Bruno said they weren't in Lisbon, they were at a farm in the north of Portugal. So there! Safe to split wood. The trees in New Mexico don't make wood like that! I love the small diffences between places.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmassy Wheelbarrows

That photo original appeared among others in November 2017, but all by itself, it's like a wheelbarrowy Christmas card! Thanks again, Janine!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Muddy wheelbarrow in very clean truck

Here's some Albuquerque contrast for today. The truck is maximally clean. The wheelbarrow, not.

The truck and wheelbarrow are the same colors as the sky and trees!

Laurie McPherson spotted and sent this.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

German detainees in Fort Stanton, New Mexico

"SS Columbus sailors garden-Ft. Stanton, N.M."

In the second photo, they're working on a swimming pool, for their own use. Wheelbarrow show in the rear to the right. The photo is wider, but I only found it cut across two pages of a magazine article here: German Sailors on the High Desert

Same wheelbarrows, probably; different projects. Early 1940s.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Carrots in Sweden

Jessica Lindgren-Wu saw this in Gotland and has given me permission to save and share!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Food transport

Jo Isaac wrote:
"The fire (and bonus wheelbarrow for Sandra! Used to bring the burgers, buns and drinks across the paddock!) — at Rotherfield Countryside."

Jo's photo.
I know everyone in that picture—people from Australia and England who ate together in East Sussex yesterday.

Friday, September 28, 2018

"Heavenly Wheelbarrow"

From a site on Chinese Antiques:
A photo of a “heavenly wheelbarrow” (the caption on the back of the wheelbarrow says “Heavenly Wheelbarrow) taken in 1910 in or near Qingdao.

That photo has been in this blog before, but not with those details!

Next to that photo, on the same webpage, was another wheelbarrow, all wooden, without notes, except the name "Chinese wheelbarrow." The details are nice. I suppose the rails and knobs are more than decorative, if a load could have been tied in or covered.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Red, rust, and yellow

"Found this wheelbarrow in Barrington Court, a National Trust property in Somerset. The busy gardener was not far away..." —Cat GB

I like the brickwork, and the matching rust colors. The broom color is a good match, too.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Chinese, very different

There is a wheelbarrow at the beginning of a video. It is probably in China. The video is about an interesting way to get concrete up onto a roof, but the wheelbarrow at the beginning is why I noticed it.

Just for a second at the beginning, a phrase appears in Chinese. I sent it to my friend Jihong, hoping that it would say where and when this happened. It doesn't. She translated it as "Non material cultural heritage treasure."

How cool! Preservation (by video) of a methodology.

The wheelbarrow tips. I can't see how it's hinged, but he tips the frame, the tray/bucket tips all the way over and dumps cement, then when he sets the frame down, the bucket falls back down.

If you have facebook, here's where it is, with 26,000 comments:

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Orangutans in Indonesia

Avantgardens. Back To The Wild
Wheelbarrowing orangutans at the International Animal Rescue center in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
These baby orangutans are being cared for at this center, and are being taken by wheelbarrow from their night cages to a forest play area where they will spend their day learning skills to survive in the wild.

A similar image appeared here in June 2014
I'm repeating that post, because Laurie McPherson who made the comment below also sent me the photo above.

I don't know which came first, the photo, the painting, or whether it's common practice in zoos to cart the babies this way.

Kristiva Stack send me a link to this image and wrote:
Hi Sandra, I saw this and thought of you. It's a mural by Ernest Zacharevic that I saw here:

It would be so cool to come across this in person. You would have to be in Malaysia. :-)

Laurie McPherson posted a photo of that for me in January 2016, and wrote "It's not a barrel of monkeys ... it's a BARROW of apes." Nice.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Elmo and a wheelbarrow

No memory of where it came from, sorry. But it's Sesame-Street official!

Friday, September 14, 2018

4-H bench, Minnesota

4-H is a Wheelbarrow of Fun, Acorn Acres, 2012

Photo from 2018, Minnesota, Alex Polikowsky

Monday, September 10, 2018

Wheelbarrow Bees

"This is a novel way of moving your hives around :)"

Cally Brown spotted this on Hazelwood Ave Beekepers' facebook page

When I save a photo for this blog, I preface it wheelB____ and then name it. This one got to be "wheelBees." Fun.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Avebury, UK, 1930's, assortment

In the 1930's, a wealthy man named Alexander Keiller was doing archeological work in and near Avebury, UK. They used these three wheelbarrows (along with other and odder equipment). I took the photo from an image in the museum in Avebury.

Looks like there's a wooden wheel (probably iron clad), a rubber wheel, and a continuous track / tank tread on two wheels.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Quietly in California

Aren't wheelbarrows just beautiful sometimes?

This one is in Los Alamitos, California.
That is Lillyanne Dedeaux and Cyrus Sorooshian, her grandfather, in his back yard.

I think Roya Dedeaux, their connection, took the photo.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wheelbarrow Stove, Brazil

"Wheelbarrow stove by Dona Maria, Brazil. Photo via Na roça"

From Rocket Stove Science", a facebook collection of interesting stoves.

Laurie McPherson sent that to me in 2015, but I was out of town and didn't get it into the blog then.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Retired flamingo and wheelbarrow

In New Zealand, a pink flamingo hides its head beneath a wall-mounted wheelbarrow.

Thanks, Cally Brown for the photo, and Jo Isaac for connecting me with it.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A wheelbarrow is part of the music

This is a combination of music, imagery, and some of the best video editing ever.
A wheelbarrow is part of the music, at 1:35

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Not enough money

Alex Polikowsky sent this listing for an antique in Minnesota:

I think she should've asked for more.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Folding wheelbarrow

This is a cross between a plastic bag and a wheelbarrow (in a good way), and watching this in use brings up questions of what is and is not a wheelbarrow. "A barrow" can be a stretcher, seems—two poles with a canvas "bed." This is that, with a wheel to replace the second bearer.

Thanks to Theresa Larson for bringing it to my attention.

Allsop WheelEasy folding wheelbarrow—and it can be hung from one hook, collapsed—mostly wheel and handles.

I looked for and found other folding wheelbarrow entries on various mail-order sites, but "no longer available" seemed common, and some designs were a bit convoluted. Easy storage and loading seem the benefits, but I can't well imagine one of these being forty years old and still useful, and compared to a traditional, manufactured wheelbarrow, it's expensive.

Still, philosophically, it's a good "Is this a wheelbarrow?" item, and look at the pivot of the handles to the axle/frame of the wheel, when it's hung on the wall.

We use a fabric wood sling with two wooden handles. Using this for firewood is like a wood sling with a wheel.

It's causing me to review what I know of slings and wheelbarrows.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pistachio shell?

Scene by Kirsty Elson, in Cornwall. Sent to me by Caren Knox, who wrote, "Looks like a pistachio shell wheelbarrow!"

Click the image or artist's name for more images.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

At work in Rotherfield

We've seen this pub before, and maybe this wheelbarrow, but on this day it was involved in something beautiful, which Janine Davies captured for us, and wrote:
A wheelbarrow at the Kings Arms pub, Rotherfield. I have sent a wheelbarrow to you before from here, but I liked the set up here, so I wanted you to see it. There is gardening happening behind the arbor — mainly pots being planted up. I just love the arbor with the pretty dusty pink clematis spreading over it. The colours are nice also I thought, with the pink flowers, green grass and brick. The wheelbarrow is being upstaged I think.

John Deere, maybe 100 years old

My nephew, Paul Mountain Faith Trujillo, sent this, from a Buy/Sell/Trade listing in Albuquerque:
Vintage John Deere wheelbarrow unlike no other. Asking only $60. I am assuming it is more than 100 years old or older and is in great condition for the age. Any reasonable offers will be considered. I Have done many internet searches and have looked at many different antique websites but have not found this specific wheelbarrow. The only one I found like it, someone painted it and to me as a collector, I believe they took the value away from it. I believe that this is a historic artifact and should be in a museum. $60 but any reasonable offer will be considered and i can also deliver. Again this is a vintage John Deere wheelbarrow estimated to be over 100 years old or possibly older. Thanks for looking at my post and happy shopping!!!

I appreciate the nicely done blurb and photos by the seller, Phillip Michael, who already has buyers and maybe should have said "highest bidder."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Be excellent...

Colleen Prieto, May 13:
This evening, the entrance to the University of New Hampshire organic garden field was decorated with a wheelbarrow that was decorated with a sign that said "treat each other well."

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bodie Wheelbarrows, and a cart

Karen James took these photos, in Bodie, California.

Maybe the legs were wooden, but as all the rest was steel, I don't know!

Of this one, Karen wrote: "I accidentally cropped the front. I liked that it was still filled with bricks."

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mystery Wheelbarrow Rudely Dumped

Thank you, Christine Elizabeth Milne, for sharing this wonderful Wheelbarrow Mystery.

I responded: "That's a heck of a reward for tracks in the field and one cut lock. Also, they got a free wheelbarrow out of it."

Here's where this was originally reported to Facebook, and there are some excellent comments, truly considering every possible aspect. Someone found an ideal solicitor to recommend in case Ken needs legal defense. Though there are guesses at it NOT saying "Ken" but being Russian...

[The comments began April 7, 2018, at that link.]

Friday, March 16, 2018

Painting of her father's wheelbarrow

Eileen Mahowald:
When we bought my father's home and he later passed away we hauled at least 6 dumpsters away. He fixed things with motors and wheels and loved to garden too. Many of my sibling came to claim things and I was glad. I had long before painted a picture of his wheelbarrow by the shed. I had so many lovely images of my dad and the six peach pits he set in the ground on the sunny side of the house had 3 ft peach trees. Precious treasures 💚 I love that😊

Here it is! drawn/painted 1990. At a later date he titled it, "Man's Treasure" the wheelbarrow is laying down.
The original comment was made in 2015 under something I wrote about my own packrat tendencies. Not about a wheelbarrow, but about my collecting, and angst. Now (this blog shows) I'm collecting images and information about wheelbarrows (and thereby about geography and history and art).

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ice, Rotterdam

Iceballs made by freezing water balloons.
Photo sent by my friend Tes, in Rotterdam, during a cold winter in The Netherlands.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

For a snowman?

"Collecting snow for an attempt to build a snowman..."—Cathy Koetsier, Norfolk, England

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In the snow in East Sussex

Janine Davies has sent me many beautiful wheelbarrow photos, and today their red wheelbarrow looks great in the new snow!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hahn Arroyo tile, Albuquerque

In Albuquerque, there is tax-funded public art. We knew someone working on tile art—involving kids, teens, people in nursing homes—in a project that would be installed along the drainage of Hahn Arroyo in the Northeast Heights.

Details of the murals were created in pieces, and set together, then filled in between, cemented over with a method created by a company in El Paso (contracted to do the final pass), and that's their wheelbarrow. They take off the top layer of the cement after several hours, and polish up the tile.

At the time of that work, when I described it, I said that Will was paid to put water between fish. His job was much more wonderful, but he did do the arrangement and fill-in of the fish, bugs, and other creatures that had been created in mosaic with his help by people in the community.

This is from early morning, October 11, 2011.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our wheelbarrow, our back yard

My back gates (one remote controlled for cars, and a wooden one for foot traffic), and the wheelbarrow, standing, viewed from behind an old Dodge pickup we don't have anymore. It had holes in the sides of the bed for 2x2 or steel pipe, so people could put a cattle rack, or staves (as there is one, there, to the left). And the broom is stuck in one of those holes right behind the cab. There was usually a pitchfork in the other behind-cab hole. It made the truck intimidating.

But here, it's being a frame for a (candid) wheelbarrow portrait.

The front of the house is 2905 Tahiti Ct. in Albuquerque, but the back gate looks out toward Juan Tabo (across a parking lot between Fastino's and Discount Tire).

Monday, February 5, 2018

Barrows, no wheels, North Korea

Real barrows. The one in the foreground seems solid. The one on the ground, more flimsy, perhaps. Not sure.

The photo is by a French journalist. (article here)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Inspirational recovery, California

Sierra and Canyon's Documentary page, where you can earn more about the project of teen siblings to create "a documentary about losing their home in the recent Thomas Fire, but more than that to inspire others to see the transformative experiences of loss and gain."

I noticed the wheelbarrow, in one of the photos. Other parts are more important and interesting, but the wheelbarrow earned it a spot here.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cartoons (for sale)

Wheelbarrow cartoons at

As they're for sale there, I will trade this meager advertisement for sharing one of the images, which shows the root "barrow" of the word "wheelbarrow":

Here is the website of the cartoonist, Boyko Boyanov

Another barrow (not wheelbarrow) in this blog: Barrow, no legs

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Political imagery

In art, wheelbarrows seem most often to symbolize domestic peace (leisurely lower gardening), or work.

This image is more about the money than the wheelbarrow, and the motif os a wheelbarrow full of money has been around at least since the early 20th century.

This little animated gif came up in a search for something else (as many fun and surprising things do), and was from 2005, on a Zionist website, in a complaint about The World Bank supporting Palestine. If you go to and search for "global world" you'll see it in context.


In Georgia, wheelbarrows have been involved (peripherally) in two gubernatorial elections. Lisa Land Cooper wrote about it on her blog. Here's a quote about the first one, and an image from the second one (1948):

"...I had run across a newspaper article dated August 25, 1910 where J.B. Cook, a merchant near Red Oak supported Hoke Smith for governor while his friend, Dr. J.B. Carmichael was just as enthusiastic over Brown. So, they decided the loser would push the winner from Atlanta to College Park in wheelbarrow."
—Lisa Land Cooper
June 27, 2017