Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: Coca-Cola Thermometer

When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, then they often become items that are tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and memories so your treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.

Friday Night Family Heirlooms: telling their stories…

The Coca Cola Thermometer


This thermometer hung on the back porch, for many years, on granddaddy McKinley’s farmhouse. It hung on the wall by the entrance to the kitchen – mama says that it hung in that very spot for as long  as she could remember.

It was such a regular fixture for me that I never paid much attention to it. If only I had asked granddaddy where it came from? It dates back to the early forties and my guess is it came from was the local general store owned by his cousin.

it was such a part of the house to me that I never noticed it until… after I married and we became very interested in antiques – things soon changed. I soon wanted all the family antiques mama wanted to give me.

On our first trip back to the farm, my eyes immediately noticed the Coca Cola thermometer – and this time it left with me! How did I miss this treasure, that had been right under my nose for so many years? We left that day with a U-Haul trailer full of family antiques  – the very ones I had said as a teenager that I didn’t want – but mama knew better! In future heirloom stories you will discover all that we packed in the trailer.

I’ve  always liked Coca Cola items – what Southerner doesn’t? Today we collect items with the logo, but that wasn’t the reason granddaddy had it. He hung it on the porch to tell the temperature – it was used and needed! Today we hang them in our collections or for decoration – what a difference! Every time I look at it hanging on my kitchen wall it reminds me of the farm – it’s a nice memory!


The thermometer has Coca Cola company on my wall.


Click Friday Night Family Heirlooms to read more stories…

© 2016 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco

Family Heirloom Bloggers:

I started a Family Heirloom challenge in November 2015 asking fellow bloggers to join me in telling the stories of their family heirlooms. Writing the stories of the family heirlooms I’ve been entrusted with, has been on my mind for a long time; the time is now and I plan to write their stories on a weekly basis.

Please check out the weekly Family Heirloom stories of…

Blogger: Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Blogger: Karen Biesfeld at Vorfahrensucher
Blogger: Kendra Schmidt at trekthrutime
Blogger: Linda Stufflebean at Empty Branches on the Family Tree
Blogger:  Schalene Jennings Dagutis at Tangled Roots and Trees
Blogger: True Lewis at Notes to Myself
Blogger: Vera Marie Badertscher at Ancestors in Aprons                              Blogger: Heather Lisa Dubnick at  Little Oak Blog
Blogger: Kathy Rice at
Blogger: Mary Harrell-Sesniak at  Genealogy Bank Heirlooms Blog
Blogger: Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme for 2015 Week 24 was Heirlooms. Check out her Blog at –  52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 24 Recap  for links to more Heirloom posts.


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3 Responses to Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: Coca-Cola Thermometer

  1. We have some things we’ve picked up at flea markets and have used as decoration in our home. I have to be careful to not get them confused with the heirlooms.

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