Category Archives: 1910s
My house has been invaded by carpet beetles-how I’m not so sure, but as a museum collections specialist, this is my worst nightmare!
For the (all too brief) year that I lived in England, I sent myself out on several pilgrimages to see important homes and museums of revered authors: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and William Shakespeare to name a few. I purchased old books and new books, each with a different history-whether I was creating its history, or just adding to it. I purchased several of Shakespeare’s works, hoping to finally understand his way with Iambic pentameter (I still look for antiquated Shakespeare, even though I have a large collection already!) And while my understanding is certainly growing, I can’t help but admire Shakespeare’s tenacity on writing as a whole, his cleverness, his mysterious life, and his continued popularity.
Any marketing for an item with the phrase ‘makes your life easier’ is a sure sell to busy families and housewives everywhere. O-Cedar, a furniture polish, made a jingle that said just that!
The weather in the northern United States is supposed to rather annoyingly bad this week, or so all of the meteorologists keep harping. The impending bad weather makes me think of those folks who live in permanent snow, with wind chills in the negatives, and snow piling up to create several feet. These thoughts inspired the search for those who willingly spent their time outdoors in the frigid weather. Alaskan Iditarod teams.
The once revered-now consumer targeted-American holiday of Thanksgiving is upon us, and I’m looking forward to *fingers crossed* a few days where I can relax and enjoy myself. I certainly won’t be heading out on Thanksgiving Day, nor on Black Friday, and this is where I differ from the youth of the early 1900s. In the 1890s, an overwhelming population of young boys plagued the streets on Thanksgiving Day, miming the homeless of years and centuries before. Much like our Halloween, the holiday brought about silliness, revelry, and a lot of mischief!