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  • Types of Sandwiches during the Great Depression

    May 17

    During the 1930s of the Great Depression in America where many people had less income or no jobs, what people ate changed. Many new food products introduced such as boxed macaroni and cheese were now inexpensive. But also quick on-the-go foods became more popular. That was especially true of sandwiches, all types of sandwiches, now eaten at lunch ...

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  • Powder Rooms

    May 15

    A popular modern item for any home is a guest bath or what is called a powder room, usually on the first floor of a house. They usually do not have a bath or shower but instead a toilet and sink. The idea of the term 'powder room' goes back to the 1700s when the wearing of wigs – both men and ladies. These wigs usually had powder on them to m...

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  • Soda Fountains

    May 13

    You may think your ancestors who lived in the 1940s and 1950s were the only ones to visit their local soda fountains but these popular establishments date back much earlier. Back at the turn of the 20th century local pharmacies were adding a section to their business that would be the local soda fountain. This was due to the new popular drink, coc...

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  • MyHeritage Acquired by Francisco Partners

    May 13

    MyHeritage announced that it has been acquired by Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses. Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage, will continue to lead their excellent and dedicated team as they create new and exciting ways for people to learn about their origins. ...

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  • Some Dangerous Items of Your Ancestors

    May 11

    With many health and safety standards in place today in the 21st century, it is only due to the struggles and dangers our ancestors suffered with new manufacturing, technology and chemistry decades ago. Our ancestors were offered new consumer products with little or no testing of their safety on humans. They instead had to learn firsthand if so...

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  • 23andMe Explains the Genetics of Allergies

    May 11

    23andMe highlighted two studies that might explain why some people suffer from allergies every spring. The studies found information about allergies that may surprise you! According to the Mayo Clinic, an allergy starts when your immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance for a dangerous invader. The immune system then produces an...

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  • Jello – Everyone Once Loved

    May 9

    Oh, the familiar Jell-O brand of gelatin. Everyone remembers Jell-O. But the idea of gelatin food items goes back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Gelatin was made from collagen, created by melting and filtering of pigs' ears and feet. Back then it was not an easy process, needed special equipment to heat, store and cool the gelatin. The finished gel...

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  • The Family History Guide – USA

    May 7

    Compared to years ago, there are many online databases and resources you can start or continue your family genealogical research. Never leave out getting copies of documents from city/county/state archives and courthouses and documents from the federal level. One very good source that has put many of the online resources at your fingertips is '...

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  • Students Took Photos of Gravestones for BillionGraves

    May 6

    Students from Siskiyou County in the Mount Shasta ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints took photos of gravestones at the Mount Shasta Memorial Park cemetery. The photos were for BillionGraves, and the students took and uploaded nearly 1,000 photographs. BillionGraves states that it is the largest resource for searchable G...

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  • Early Chairs for the Handicapped

    May 5

    The modern use of wheelchairs and walkers has helped many people over the last 80 years but no such items existed in the 1800s and early 20th century. If someone in the 1800s was sick or disabled they either stayed in bed or a stationary chair. There were some chairs affixed to carts that were then pulled by another person to transport a person...

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  • Ancestry Launches Community Impact Program

    May 4

    Ancestry announced the launch of its new Community Impact Program, which aims to mobilize Ancestry resources and products to build more connected and resilient communities through preserving at-risk history and empowering the next generation of history makers. For nearly a decade, Ancestry has offered access to historical record collections...

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  • Rose Tipped Cigarettes

    May 3

    As most of us do have ancestors who smoked cigarettes during their life time, mostly at their height of the 1920s to the 1970s. Of course as with any product companies produced all types and items to sell that went with that product. Cigarette holders, those long sticks in which the cigarette was placed, also considered a fashion accessory. They w...

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  • Spittoons

    May 1

    Now this item – a spittoon or cuspidor, you may or not be aware of. Yet for decades it was a necessary item in all types of locations – in homes or businesses. They were used as a disposal location for tobacco-laced saliva. Yes, many men in the 1700s into the early 20th century, chewed tobacco. The person didn't swallow the tobacco but rather ...

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  • Tradition of Pearls

    Apr 29

    You just might have a family heirloom of a pearl necklace, ring, earrings or pin. Pearls have been a favorite for hundreds of years and they are still popular. Years ago, since it could be hard to locate perfect ones, pearls could be very expensive. With newer methods of producing pearls ( pearl farms), they are more available to the middle class....

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  • Penny Restaurants of the 1930s

    Apr 27

    Even during the lean years of the 1930s with the Great Depression, no jobs, weather disasters, and poor living conditions, a decent meal in a diner might cost 15 to 40 cents, depending on what was ordered. However, another type of restaurant or diner developed, known as the 'Penny Restaurant'. This was no a new idea, in other times of a down econo...

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