19th Cent. Life

BOOKMARK Suffragette Advice

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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Made in the USA by comany that replants 100% of the trees they use in production. 
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For Every House a Garden A Guide for Reproducing Period Gardens

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Prominent hortoculturalists present an excellent practical guide for reproducing period gardens in their many forms.
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Galleries of Friendship and Fame A History of Nineteenth-Century American Photograph Albums

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Galleries of Friendship and Fame is the first comprehensive investigation of the origin, development, and practices of 19th-century American photograph albums. In this fascinating book, the author argues that the album--whether functioning as family record, parlor entertainment, social register, national portrait gallery, or advertisement for photography itself--helped transform the nature of self-presentation at the cusp of modernity.

This handsome volume examines carte de visite and cabinet card albums from their introduction in the United States in 1861 through the rise of the snapshot at the century's end. By examining a wealth of previously overlooked primary materials, this study offers a completely new understanding of photograph albums, revealing how they emerged, how they were marketed and sold, and how families displayed and told stories through them. Galleries of Friendship and Fame addresses the history of technology and innovation, the interconnectedness of the commercial and domestic spheres, and the ways photography helped shape notions of identity, family, and nation in a rapidly changing America.

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Haney's Base Ball Book of Reference

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The Revised Rules of Baseball for 1867 together with full instructions for umpires and scorers, and also for pitching, batting, and fielding.
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In Small Things Forgotten An Archaelogy of Early American Life

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History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. In his completely revised and expanded edition of "In Small Things Forgotten," Deetz has added new sections that more fully acknowledge the presence of women and African Americans in Colonial America. New interpretations of archaeological finds detail how minorities influenced and were affected by the development of the Anglo-American tradition in the years following the settlers' arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Among Deetz's observations:

Subtle changes in building long before the Revolutionary War hinted at the growing independence of the American colonies and their desire to be less like the British.

Records of estate auctions show that many households in Colonial America contained only one chair--underscoring the patriarchal nature of the early American family. All other members of the household sat on stools or the floor.

The excavation of a tiny community of freed slaves in Massachusetts reveals evidence of the transplantation of African culture to North America.

Simultaneously a study of American life and an explanation of how American life is studied, "In Small Things Forgotten," through the everyday details of ordinary living, colorfully depicts a world hundreds of years in the past.


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Dating back to the Civil War era, Quoits was a fun children’s game for kids living in politically divided Ohio State. A historical replica, our wooden quoits hob and ring recreates what young children in Cuyahoga Valley National Park would have played during the mid to late 19th century. An immigrant community, kids of all races played Quoits together and at the height of the Civil War, many were kidnapped and sold into slavery. Wooden hob approx. 3.5’’ tall; 2 rings approx. 2.5’’ diameter. Eco-friendly multiplayer table top game for kids aged 3+. Handmade in the USA.

Rag Doll Kit

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Enjoy making your very own historic "pancake style" historical rag doll. 

Refined Tastes: Sugar, Confectionary and Consumers in 19th Century America

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American consumers today regard sugar as a mundane and sometimes even troublesome substance linked to hyperactivity in children and other health concerns. Yet two hundred years ago American consumers treasured sugar as a rare commodity and consumed it only in small amounts. In Refined Tastes: Sugar, Confectionery, and Consumers in Nineteenth-Century America, Wendy A. Woloson demonstrates how the cultural role of sugar changed from being a precious luxury good to a ubiquitous necessity. Sugar became a social marker that established and reinforced class and gender differences.

During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Woloson explains, the social elite saw expensive sugar and sweet confections as symbols of their wealth. As refined sugar became more affordable and accessible, new confections--children's candy, ice cream, and wedding cakes--made their way into American culture, acquiring a broad array of social meanings. Originally signifying male economic prowess, sugar eventually became associated with femininity and women's consumerism. Woloson's work offers a vivid account of this social transformation--along with the emergence of consumer culture in America.

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Robert E. Lee Family Cooking and Housekeeping Book

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Based on Mrs. Lee's personal notebook and presented by her great-granddaughter, this charming book is a treasury of recipes, remedies, and household history. Both the original and modern versions of 70 recipes are included.

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Seeking the Historical Cook Exploring Eighteenth-century Southern Foodways

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Seeking the Historical Cook is a guide to historical cooking methods from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century receipt (recipe) books and an examination of how those methods can be used in kitchens today. Designed for adventurous cooks and �foodies,� this volume is rich with photographs, period images, and line art depicting kitchen tools and cooking methods. Kay K. Moss invites readers to discover traditional receipts and to experiment with ancestral dishes to brighten today�s meals.
From campfires to modern kitchens, Seeking the Historical Cook is a primer on interpreting the language of early receipts, a practical guide to historical techniques, and a memoir of experiences at historic hearths. Scores of sources, including more than a dozen unpublished personal cookery books, are compared and contrasted with a new look at southern foodways (eating habits and culinary practices). A rather strict interpretive and experiential approach is combined with a friendly and open invitation to the reader to join the ranks of curious cooks. Taken together, these receipts, facts, and lore illustrate the evolution of selected foods through the eighteenth century and beyond.
After decades of research, experimentation, and teaching in a variety of settings, Moss provides a hands-on approach to rediscovering, re-creating, and enjoying foods from the early South. The book begins by steeping the reader in history, culinary tools, and the common cooking techniques of the time. Then Moss presents a collection of tasteful and appealing southern ancestral receipts that can be fashioned into brilliant heirloom dishes for our twenty-first-century tables. There are dishes fit for a simple backwoods celebration or an elegant plantation feast, intriguing new possibilities for a modern Thanksgiving dinner, and even simple experiments for a school project or for sharing with a favorite child. This book is for the cook who wants to try something old . . . that is new again.
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Vegetable Cultivator Accurate Description of All the Different Species

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John Roger's 1843 work is designed to provide amateur and inexperienced gardeners with the information and tools necessary for the profitable management of their gardens.