Guess The Object No, it’s not another racket (or racquet, if you prefer). What do you think it is? STOP PRESS: We thank Ignatius Chiew for sending us these pictures – of a back beater! This object has a rattan handle and round, vinyl ‘ball’ which is stuffed with cotton. The second picture is a closer view of the beater. Related posts: A Portrait of Mr Moss Another Gem from the ACS-Album! Anderson School, Ipoh – Class of ’75 Calling All Boy-Scouts! By felicia|2016-08-23T11:31:39+08:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs|9 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Teen Idols? Gallery Teen Idols? Singing with emotion Gallery Singing with emotion Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life “The Greatest Show on Earth” Gallery “The Greatest Show on Earth” 9 Comments Ngai C O August 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply Hi, It is most likely a carpet beater. And if I guess it right, it was because I googled to look for it. Call me a cheat if you want to. By the way, rackets and racquets seem to be interchangeable in use although some people prefer one to the other. sk August 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply Hi Ngai C O, If you didnt mention a Carpet Beater, I thought it was a back beater like what my grandy did. Her’s was made of a stick with a ball at the end, about the size of a tennis ball. Ngai C O August 14, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply Hi sk, I just cannot figure out the gadget could be a back beater even in our wildest of imaginations. At first I thought it could be another sort of sport racket; but hey, the object it hits would probably go in unpredictable trajectories. Moreover the wide gaps would result in energy loss to the object which it hits. So it has to be for some other purpose. As for the ‘back beater’ you described that your ‘grandy’ used, I did a search and found nothing. Other people might have better luck unless it is an improvised contraption like we all from time to time come up with. Ruth Iversen Rollitt August 15, 2016 at 1:53 am - Reply IT is a varpet betaler! And I still have mine – bought not so long ago. The pattern is a Japanese knot! Ruth Iversen Rollitt August 15, 2016 at 1:56 am - Reply Sorry I noticed the spelling mistake too late! I meant CARPET! Thunderchild August 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply It’s definitely a carpet beater and not a back beater. Back beater usually has a soft cotton filled ball at the end of the stick. My Grandma had one of the carpet beater back in the 60/70’s. One might wonder about why such an instrument is used in Malaysia, where it’s too hot to have carpet in the house. Well, in our household, us children used to sleep on thin mattresses laid out on the floor. During the day, the thin mattresses were rolled up and stacked away, to provide more floorspace for use in the day. The carpet beater comes into play when it’s time to “freshen up” the matteresses, usually on a monthly basis. One would hang the thin mattress over a bamboo pole and have at it with the carpet beater, and so the dust were removed from the mattress. felicia August 23, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply UPDATE: We’ve had some comments about back-beaters. Hence, we decided to share these pictures from Ignatius Chiew – of a rattan and vinyl back-beater 🙂 Ngai C O August 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply Hi felicia, The back beater is definitely an interesting contraption. As to how well it does its business, I very much have my doubts unless someone with first hand experience can vouch to its effectiveness. The carpet beater certainly does work on rugs hung outdoors. It is not any good for fitted carpets and this is where the vacuum cleaner comes in. Even the vacuum cleaner has its limitations as to how much dirt it can suck up especially animal hair and ingrained dirt. Some have rotating brushes to pick up animal hair. For ingrained dirt, the shampoo machine might be deployed. As you can see all gadgets have their limitations and many fail to sell and are consigned to history. Good examples are the Sinclair inventions. On the other hand, the product that made Mr. Dyson a billionaire is his cyclonic vacuum cleaner. Incidentally, it is made in Malaysia. Mine is still a 25 year old AEG. I would say my two most successful, effective and cheap gadgets are the back scratcher and the fly swat. felicia August 24, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply Ngai, now that you’ve mentioned the back scratcher…I can’t help but agree. This good ‘ol tool is a ‘blessing’ especially when you have an itch on your back, and you just can’t reach the spot 😉 Another gadget which I think is useful is the mosquito-racket. Shaped like a racket, it emits a very low voltage of electricity which zaps those pesky mosquitoes as they fly into the wire-netting. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!