• Vintage School Supplies

    Nov 19

    Whether school in 2020 is at a school building or at home distance with online education, there were very important vintage school supplies need decades ago by our ancestors. Here are some vintage school supplies not used for years. The use of a quill pen with a metal writing tip and the feather at the top of the handle. These were ...


  • Using Different Aprons

    Nov 15

    You might not have thought of it but your female ancestors actually may have needed several different types of aprons. Different household duties meant different aprons. If she was doing laundry then fixing dinner, a different apron was needed. Those living and working on a farm would need different ones when working with livestock (chicken...


  • Your Parents & Birth of the Cocktail Party of the 1950s

    Nov 11

    It was very popular in the 1950s and into the 1960s to host cocktail parties in a home or other location. A good way to relax and socialize. Yet the concept started in America back in 1917 when Clara Walsh of St. Louis, Missouri hosted an unusual party titled 'Baby Party'. Here adults were encouraged to drink liquor from baby bottles. Ther...


  • Silver Spoons, Important in the Family

    Nov 9

    Our ancestors have used spoons in one shape or form for hundreds of years with different styles found across history and the globe. The use of knives at the table came later as did using a fork, come in the early 1800s. Most people had spoons made of wood, or animal horns or bone. In the 1600s the use of metal spoons especially made of sil...


  • Marks on Faces of Vintage Photos

    Nov 7

    As you go through family photo albums of any time period there could be something that really catches your eye. There could be a face of an individual, so marked out using a pen that you can not recognize who it is. Even worst is if the person's photo head is actually cut out of the entire photo. These were very common practices done ...


  • Very Early Inventions Still Used Today

    Nov 5

    For our ancestors, whether they immigrated in the 1700s, 1800s or 1900s, they did see America as a land of possibilities. Not just in better working opportunities but also in the chance to create or invent something to make life easier for everyone. Many other inventions came from European nations and developed further in America. After t...


  • Kitchen Essentials in the 1940s

    Nov 3

    Something that is often forgotten about in the 21st century is what gadgets were important in any kitchen for the housewife in the 1940s. These would be some important tools to help prepare any meal, many similar to what was used in the 1930s and 1920s, but a few newer had come by the 1940s. These were part of your grandmother's environment,...


  • Nickel Coke-Cola

    Nov 1

    You will for sure want to include in the family history memories about the nickel Coke-Cola. It is one of those standards that every America and other around the globe know and have tasted. It is one item everyone remembers but they may have forgotten it remained the same price for decades – one nickel (just 5 cents). It beg...


  • Election Cake

    Oct 30

    There was a long-time tradition in America, a special treat served to those who voted on Election Day. However, its beginnings was actually during the time there were British colonies and when young men were drafted in the early to mid-1700s to served in the British Army. In a local community, those men drafted were given a special cake name...


  • Civil War Soldiers Dyed Their Hair

    Oct 29

    One of the most important invocations to come during the American Civil War was photography, the equipment could be hauled in a wagon and many photographers traveled from military camp to towns across America during 1861-1865. That is great because more than likely you might have a photo of an ancestor who served during the Civil War. Not on...