• 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...


  • The Use of ‘Mother of Pearl’

    Feb 15

    Most everyone is familiar with pearls, those gems from nature (developed inside an oyster shell). However, 'Mother of Pearl' or Nacre (derived from the Arabic word for shell, “naqqarah”) is the organic, iridescent material that makes up the inside lining of various mollusks’ shells, such as oysters, mussels and abalone. The outer layer of a ...


  • Advantages of Using the Telegraph

    Feb 13

    Communication over distances for our ancestors was not easy. Even sending a letter was not the easiest or quickest method. With the development of the electronic version of the telegraph and the code system created by Samuel Morse in 1838, a whole new world opened up for communication. It was a series of dots and dashes (the Morse Code) that could...


  • Must Have Toys

    Feb 11

    It is interesting to look back at what toys were most popular with children. Not speaking of mass-manufactured toys like a Barbie doll, but homemade toys especially between 1820 and 1900, those favored by your grandparents, gr grandparents or gr gr grandparents. In the 1840s, marbles were very popular. They were also used as toys in the 1500s. ...


  • Inventions of American Native Indians

    Feb 9

    What has made modern life a bit easier comes from inventions. Yet, you might not realize the variety of individuals who have contributed their ideas to make life easier. That includes American Natives, of which you just might have a percentage of Native DNA. One example is the 'kayak boats.' Made of wood these small boats have always made trave...


  • Early Hospital Births were Cheap

    Feb 7

    If you found or had located hospital bills for the birth of children from decades ago. Examining them can be amazing. In a look years ago the hospital bills for births were much lower. An example, in the 1950s with birth and multiple days stay the cost after insurance was about $10.75 and that included oxygen and an incubator. An example from 1...