I think I read about steam shovels in children's books, or the comic
strips.. I don't think my parents ever had reason to talk about them.
Maybe toy advertisements and calalogs advertised steam shovels.
I may have found a big one in the woods when I was 6 or 8. I left it
there and went back a week later. It was still there, so I figured it
was abandoned and I took it home, a block and a half from where I
found it. There was a whole block of houses that backed against these
woods, and even though I couldn't see the house becase of the trees
and brush, I guess I was behind the house with another little boy, who
complained that his steam shovel was missing. One or more people had
seen me taking it home -- I wasn't hiding anything -- and they called
my parents who gave it back when I was out (at school maybe). I was a
little embarrassed but not much. He shouldn't have left his toys out
all night, much less a whole week. Although now I can see how it
happened, and the weather hadn't harmed it. yet.
They don't really look the same anymore. so its reasonable that their
name has changed. Steam shovels had what looked like a small
dumpster at the end, and it scooped with that. The arm went up and to
the rear, where it intersected another arm that went down and to the
rear which came out of the front of the steam shovel.
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