• Star on Houses

    Jul 19

    You may not have noticed them, but many older homes have a good-sized star on the outside of the house either in the front or on the sides. The star could have 5 points or 6 points and be painted in different colors depending on the color of any shutters or trim work. The early stars were made of brick or metal for brick homes. Such homes neede...


  • How Our Ancestors Kept Cool in the Summer?

    Jul 18

    Most people today have air conditioning units, central air or at least some good electric fans. However, our ancestors, even just one generation back, did not have those cooling items during a hot summer. One method invented in the late 1700s, was a rocking chair with a fan attached above where a person would sit and the fan moved back and fort...


  • Your Ancestors’ Walking Stick

    Jul 15

    Yes, a cane was used by those who needed walking support, who had an injury. But many men also had a walking stick as an accessory. This was especially done from 1550 to 1930. Even the ladies used such a walking cane not solely use to help walk but for other purposes. Ladies could have a tiny disperser of perfume to counteract the smelling city...


  • A Day at the Beach – 130 Years Ago

    Jul 11

    Going to the beach is always a fun time. If you live near one, you can just go anytime. If you do live many miles away, it would take some planning and a drive, but still easy. However, our ancestors 130 years ago (19th century) did not have it that easy. Not just a fully covering bathing suit but also a 'Bathing Machine' which was a large wood...


  • Moth Damage

    Jul 9

    For years our ancestors had to deal with keep clothes and other cloth items from being damaged by moths, referred to as 'moth eaten'. It is actually the moth larval – the young, who eat the cloth. They eat in dark areas, so it can be those clothes kept in the back of the closet, in dresser drawers, boxes, that the moth larval find. It was alw...


  • American Favorite—Lemonade

    Jul 7

    With sugarcane available in colonial America, the making of lemonade became very popular. It became even more popular with everyone into the 1800s. The Temperance Movement – anti-Alcohol was growing in numbers and pushed as a replacement especially on hot days was lemonade. Slogans such as “Good-bye to liquor, here's to lemonade”. Even in...


  • What was a Hoosier Cabinet?

    Jul 5

    All through the 1600s-1700s-1800s and even early 1900s, homes did not have built-in cabinetry. The family kitchen was usually a separate building outside the main house or the use of a fireplace in the family house was the 'kitchen'. By the late 1800s, the setting up of a family kitchen became popular. Not just for cooking but to store dishes and ...


  • Popsicle’s – Popular for Generations

    Jul 3

    A true summer treat for generations is the Popsicle. Using ice to have cool drinks and desserts has been done for centuries. But looking back at 1905 there was a young boy named Frank Epperson who lived in Oakland, Calif. One cold day he mixed water and soda powder and mixed it with a wooden stirring stick. He did forget it and it stayed outside o...


  • Why Do People Tip?

    Jul 1

    There is a long tradition of tipping your waitress or waiter at a restaurant. Your ancestors may have worked most of their career as a waitress or waiter and were very dependent on tips left by their customers. So how did it all start? In England during the 1600s, a practice was done where any overnight guests in a person's private home would p...


  • Everyday Things and Activities Rarely Done Now

    Jun 23

    Daily everyday types of activities and items were common for our grandparents but things do change. Our parents had different chores and activities in their lives that now seem strange and rarely done. Here are a few examples of items rarely done in the 21st century. It will give you a better vision of the life of your parents and grandparents. ...