Being born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, growing up, all of my relations had a hand water pump. My great-grandparents had one close to our fields, directly across from the old plantation house’s kitchen window. Aunt Annie had hers in her porch, leading into the kitchen. We had one on our second farm, just outside the kitchen door. It seemed they were everywhere. Even my friends who lived in town had these growing up.
The hand water pump pictured here is in our backyard by the barn. We haven’t tried to actually use it, but it would be interesting if it worked! Have you ever used a hand water pump?