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  • Toilets in the Basement

    Jan 23

    You just might recall seeing in a relative's older home, in the basement, a toilet, all be itself, no walls around it, no sink, just the toilet. Such basement toilets have gotten the name 'Pittsburgh Potties.' Some were placed in homes of families living in western Pennsylvania. It was thought that Pittsburgh known as the 'Steel City' that workers...


  • Old TVs Now Used for Cats

    Jan 21

    The big cabinets for the television set of the 1950s-1970s were an important item in any home decades ago. You may well remember the family's first TV set in black and white and remember even better the first color TV set – wow, that was great to have. But with the big wall screens, there are no cabinets for TV sets needed in the living room,...


  • Family Favorite – Potato Chips

    Jan 19

    It seems like potato chips have been around forever. Well, they do date back some 169 years in America. The potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum, born in 1824. He was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. French fries were quite popular at the restaurant, and one day a diner...


  • Unusual Features of Old Homes

    Jan 17

    You may have grown up in a vintage older home that had special features not found in more modern homes. Here are some examples, see if you or your parents or other relatives had such touches in their homes. In the early decades of the 20th century, a special new feature was to have a telephone. But built into the home then was a Telephone Nook,...


  • Fruit Fashions of the Early 1960s

    Jan 15

    It was in the early 1940s that the singer, dancer, actress, Carmen Miranda made waves with her fruit cap piled high with berries and bananas in the musical 'The Gang’s All Here' and it later became her trademark costume. But in the early 1960s, fashion designers, started by Charles W. Davis, began creating lady's dresses, jewelry and hats wit...


  • Polly Pocket Toy

    Jan 13

    The original tiny sets of Polly Pocket Toys were sold for less than a decade, first licensed by small toy company Bluebird in England. The Bluebird company was founded in 1980 with toy creator Torquil Norman’s genius ideas, the first of which was the plastic lunchbox. The first Polly Pocket was created by Chris Wiggs for his young daughter out o...


  • Early American Skyscraper

    Jan 11

    The early skyscraper constructed in Manhattan, New York was named the 'Singer Tower', for the well-known sewing machine company. It was a 612-foot structure, completed in 1908 and the tallest in the world. The architect was Ernest Flagg, with the unique feature of light entering into the center of the skyscraper. He included Old World craftsmanshi...


  • Changes for Ladies

    Jan 9

    During each historic period, there have been styles in hair, appearance and clothing that were demanded. So it was difficult for your female ancestors to meet the norm, no matter how much money was in the family. Here are some examples of what females had to go through to be proper for their time frame. You, your mother or grandmother, for s...


  • Gibson Girls of 1900 – With a Zest for Life

    Jan 7

    You more than likely had female ancestors, aged about 20 years old in 1900. Not all such young ladies, but many took a new look at their life and wanted to be more independent. A new century (20th) and a new 'zest for life' developed. Young women of 1900 were energetic, engaged in their friendships and adventures, more so than young ladies duri...


  • Lollipops

    Jan 5

    The lollipop was created when cavemen collected honey from beehives and ate it off a stick. The ancient Chinese, Arab, and Egyptian peoples ate honey mixed with fruit and nuts off sticks. In the Middle Ages, nobles ate boiled sugar with a stick. Then in 17th century England, an early version of the modern lollipop emerged as a popular London stree...


  • Old One-Room Schoolhouses

    Jan 3

    Many of our ancestors may have attended an old-fashion one-room schoolhouse. Several grades would be in one room with one teacher. Individual desks or a row of desks for the students would have been used. There was a chalkboard on the wall, and some type of stove to keep youngsters warm on cold days. The one-room schoolhouse was usually in rural a...


  • Men’s Shirts

    Jan 1

    Very popular at one time were loops on the back of men's shirts. It began sailors in the Navy. They didn’t have closets to hang their shirts in, so they had their clothing fitted with loops so they could just slide it onto a hook on a wall. This was apparently a regular household thing to do as well, including hanging them from their loop on wir...


  • New Year’s Eve Traditions Today

    Dec 31

    New Year's Eve has been either a random night on which everyone agrees to celebrate per the modern Gregorian calendar, OR it's a festive opportunity to have a party, attend a party, toast your loved ones and bid the past year goodbye to welcome the promise of a fresh start. For present times, the years 2020 and 2021 have been a challenge with C...


  • The Parachute Wedding Dress

    Dec 29

    During World War Two, many American military personnel were trained to jump from an airplane wearing a parachute. There are many photos and videos showing soldiers coming from the sky with their parachutes open – that was especially true with the landing of Americans during D-Day, June 6, 1944 in France. Parachutes were fire-resistant, strong...


  • Christmas Years Ago

    Dec 27

    Looking at our ancestors who were early pioneer settlers, no matter what decades usually had very simple Christmas celebrations. Children of settlers were often limited to receiving simple gifts, things that in the modern world might not even be considered as gifts at all. For many children, the only gifts they might have gotten were in their stoc...


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