• What Do Those Sayings Mean?

    Jan 11

    Every generation has had their own sayings or phrases and every one of that generation understood what was being said or referred to. Also over time, those phrases are still used in later generations but no one knows where it originated from. There is the phrase 'Busman's Holiday'. It originated in the 1840s in England with the use of a...


  • Origin of Birthday Cakes

    Jan 7

    The idea of celebrating a birthday with a cake began with the Roman Empire who celebrated men's birthdays with cakes made from nuts, honey, flour and yeast, (just not very sweet). This was for men of high status or importance in an area. Women's birthdays were not celebrated with any type of cake. In Western Europe in the 1700s birthdays ...


  • Leftovers – Common Foods of 1930s

    Jan 5

    With the Great Depression during the 1930s, you did have ancestors directly affected by lack of paying jobs, not enough money which meant not enough food for the table. But your ancestors of the 1930s did come up with ideas to help the food situation. Many grocery stores trying to stay open, slashed their prices. Many signs said “Pric...


  • Items Once Thought to be Dangerous … Are Safe

    Jan 3

    Before science and medicine (before the late 1800s) could prove that diseases and illnesses were due to germs, the population the stench of human waste and decay – bad smells were what caused people to be ill. People tried to cover their nose if there was a hint of bad odors around. Medical doctors (1600s-1700s) were known to wear a long p...


  • Colonial Celebrations of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

    Jan 1

    When looking into the lives of any American colonial relatives use the date of 1752. The people living during the Colonial Period in the North American colonies using the Julian Calendar prior to 1752 celebrated New Year's Eve on the evening of March 24 and New Year's Day was March 25 until the year 1752 and then, beginning in that year and ...


  • Newspaper Boys of Early 1900s

    Dec 31

    Little is known today about the life of those young boys in large cities who sold the daily newspaper on the street. This was not an after school job as it would become in the 1940s and beyond. At the end of the 19th century and into the early 20th century, the young boys selling newspapers were termed 'Newsies'. This was their life, usuall...


  • ‘Doughnut Girls’ of World War One

    Dec 29

    During the Great War for USA (1917-1919), many women wanted to help life a little nicer for the soldiers. Four women working for the Salvation Army who, while providing snacks and Christian activities for the soldiers, had the idea that serving up some doughnuts ( a rare treat because of rationing) would perhaps do more to life the men’s mo...


  • Popular Christmas Dinner Items 100 Years Ago

    Dec 25

    Our ancestors did look forward to a special dinner served on Christmas Day. It was truly the day for the family and exceptional, favorite foods. One item special was to have a variety of meat prepared and serviced. For that Christmas dinner, there could be fish, venison, roast beef, a crown of roast pork. It became more the practice after 1...


  • White Christmas Movie

    Dec 24

    Christmas-themed Hollywood movies have been popular for decades. There is even a museum in Ohio with movie items with the Christmas theme. One special Christmas movie made in 1954 is a true classic and favorite. Another museum 'Upcountry History Museum' is having a special exhibit just on 'White Christmas' movie marking its 66th anniversa...


  • The Meaning of Christmas & Holiday Sayings

    Dec 23

    Many terms have been used over the decades by our ancestors and maybe lost by the 21 century. It might be interesting to review some of these sayings as they relate to the holiday season. One item present in the cold winter and places that get snow at Christmas time is Hogamadog. It is the act of rolling snow along the ground to make larg...