Remove Stains, Spots: Resin

The following receipts embrace directions for cleaning and removing stains of every kind, from clothing, linen, etc., and articles pertaining to the household. To remove resin spots from silk: Stains by wax, resin, turpentine, pitch, and substances of a resinous...

Glue in the 1870s

The hotter the glue, the more force it will exert in keeping the two parts glued together; therefore, in all large and long joints the glue should be applied immediately after boiling. Glue loses much of its strength by frequent re-melting; that glue, therefore, which...

Receipts for the Flower and Kitchen Garden

The aim of the following receipts is to afford information for the treatment of ornamental indoor plants, and for the general requirements and improvement of the flower and kitchen garden, without entering into the principles of either agriculture of horticulture. To...

Forward from Linda Goodman’s Love Signs

Linda says this: Now those of you who were once young (and I hope are still are) know that Tinker Bell told Peter: “Every time a child says ‘I don’t believe in faeries,’ there is a faerie somewhere who falls down dead.’ Likewise every...

Ready-Mixed Paint

1880s, United States Although painted interior house walls were popular since about 1500 B.C., and paint itself had been known for some twenty thousand years, the first commercial, ready-mixed paints did not appear until 1880. Home owners and professionals had been...

Thermos Bottle

1892, England James Dewar successfully constructed a container with insulated inner and outer glass walls sealing an evacuated space. And to further heat transfer by radiation, he silvered the inner glass. Scientists used Dewar’s flask to store vaccines and...

Bloomers

A pair of baggy trousers gathered at the ankles and worn with a short-belted tunic was sported by Amelia Jenks Bloomer of Homer, New York in 1851. She had copied the pants costume from a friend, Elizabeth Smith Miller. But it was Mrs. Bloomer, an early feminist and...

History of Blue Jeans

Before jeans were blue, even before they were pants, jeans was a twilled cotton cloth, similar to denim, used to make sturdy work clothes. The textile was milled in the Italian town of Genoa, which French weavers called Genes, the origin of our word,...

To Remove Stains, Spots: Resin

The following receipts embrace directions for cleaning and removing stains of every kind, from clothing, linen, etc., and articles pertaining to the household. To remove resin spots from silk: Stains by wax, resin, turpentine, pitch, and substances of a resinous...

Listerine

1880, St. Louis, Missouri Developed by a Missouri physician, Joseph Lawrence, Listerine was named in honor of Sir Joseph Lister, the nineteenth-century British surgeon who pioneered sanitary operating room procedures. Shortly after its debut in 1880, the product...

Pledge of Allegiance

The pledge of allegiance to the American flag is neither an old verse nor one composed by the Republic’s founding fathers. It was written especially for children in the summer of 1892 to commemorate that year’s celebration of Columbus Day in public schools...

Saddle Making

Saddle making … of course they didn’t have hydraulic tools back then. But this video gives a good idea of the process:  ...

“If I Were” or “If I Was”

Writing books and rubbing elbows with other authors throughout the years has been educational, and I am so grateful that I want to pay forward. And the English language is so fascinating to me. For instance there was a time when I didn’t know when to use...

Plotter or Pantzer… or Both?

How Does Your Creative Brain Work? Okay, you’ve figured out your schedule and have blocked out writing times during the week. Your goals are set and you’re ready to achieve them. How exactly do you get that writing done?  What’s your writing method? When I first...

The Blackfoot

Fifty years before Lewis and Clark came into Montana, the Blackfoot had a reputation of being friendly to Europeans, who occasionally even spent winter months with the tribe. By 1806, however, the world inhabited by the Blackfoot in present-day northern Montana had...