03 July 2012

Old & Interesting




We recently bought a new iron and it’s not something that we use all too frequently, if we can avoid doing so!  This led to my son and I discussing “when” the first iron was invented and by whom which led to doing an internet search which led us to “Old & Interesting.”

So often, in our genealogical research we come across terms we don’t recognize or we want to get a better sense of how our ancestors lived, etc.

I really enjoyed looking around this website.  Some of the topics covered include:

·    History of laundry - a unique set of pages about laundry methods and tools, including histories of ironing, washboards, starch and bluing.
·    Kitchen antiques directory for the best online resources on culinary equipment, cooking and eating tools.
·    Baking, butter, and other traditional and historic food preparation pages
·    Beds and bedding - featherbeds and bed warmers for comfort, or simple straw mattresses and rustic box beds.
·    One-off pages on topics from brooms to meat screens or hasteners to cleaning with stone and sand.

Do you have a favorite website (besides Wikipedia ) where you go to learn about how life was?




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