• Classic Children’s Games

    Mar 13

    We can all remember the childhood games we played outside and that would also apply to our ancestors, no matter how long ago it occurred. The game of Dodgeball was done during recess at school and in any neighborhood playgrounds. It began as a general free-for-all-ball throwing game. Of course, there was a dangerous element like being clobbered...


  • Sock Hops

    Mar 9

    You may not have attended a 'sock hop' but you have heard of them. They first began in 1944 sponsored by the Junior Red Cross to raise money for the relief war effort. For a small of charge, those attending had a night of good dancing but each person wearing just their socks since the dances were held in a school gymnasium and the gym floor didn't...


  • Love Token Coins

    Mar 3

    It was a tradition of years ago, when someone would be away from their loved ones for any length of time, a coin token was given, as a reminder. Also for special occasions such as births and weddings, a token coin was given. Many of the coins were also engraved marking what the event or occasion was for the recipient. This special token was pri...


  • Having Modern Mirrors

    Mar 1

    So many items we today take for granted. Our ancestors may not have some of the things we can hardly live without. One is, having a modern mirror, so when a man shaves or a lady does her hair or make-up, they each see themselves. The modern mirror was not invented until 1835. So any ancestors of the early 1800s and earlier didn't have not have ...


  • Soda Shops

    Feb 27

    During the late 1880s, having a fizzy carbonated water drink became quite popular. When Coca-Cola began in 1886 by an Atlanta pharmacist, Dr. John S. Pemberton, he created a distinctive tasting soft drink sold in pharmacies (for one's health) and in apothecaries (a form of a drug store). By the beginning of the 1900s, a separate section in a pharm...


  • Dance Cards

    Feb 25

    This is an activity once very acceptable and now long forgotten – using dance cards. Young people before there was acceptable individual dating, socialized in groups sponsored by older adult friends, family relatives or parents. Men and ladies were able to socialize at dances, to mingle, with everyone watching of course. It became acceptable for...


  • What Were Newspapers Used for Besides Reading?

    Feb 23

    The daily print newspaper to the home has been popular for decades. But that is changing across the U. S. More people get the daily 'newspaper' as the digital edition on their smartphone, laptop or computer. When people did get a daily newspaper, it was read but it was also used around the house. Newspapers were used to wrap foods, especially l...


  • Why Did Royal China Become Popular?

    Feb 21

    Most families have had nice dinnerware (dishes) used at Christmas time or guests for dinner. Long-time popular chinaware was 'Royal China'. It was manufactured in Sebring, Ohio. They featured quaint patterns with a nostalgic appeal to people in the 1930s well into the 1960s. In the 1930s most families could not afford large purchases of fine chin...


  • ‘Dutch’ Doors

    Feb 19

    The idea of this style of 'Dutch Doors' for a home had its beginning with the barns of farmers in the Netherlands in the 1600s, basically, it was a two-door system which seemed to work well to keep animals from passing through while also allowing some light and air to come into the barn. This idea was then used for the Dutch homes. The Dutch do...


  • Glass Telephone Insulators

    Feb 17

    There just might be some glass telephone insulators that have been handed down as heirlooms or nicely displayed in a cabinet of a relative. But did you really know what you are looking at? With the telephone and poles with their wires across miles of areas for decades, they help provide telephone service. Up until the 1940s, the wires that carr...