I started this blog a year ago - at the beginning of December 2010 - and while I can't say it's taking the Internet by storm (that would be a lie), it's kept me mildly entertained. Since I like statistics, here are a few: Top 5 Posts (excluding the home page): 1. More Vintage Cooking … Continue reading Year-end roundup
Courtesy of my friend Kate, who picked up someone's whole life's collection of pamphlets at a tag sale, I now own this vintage 1920s example of routine belittling of non-white Americans and erasure of the unpleasant parts of their history. Well, it was advertising material, yes, but still. I can't imagine 1920s African-American sugar-cane sharecroppers … Continue reading Personal Recipes of Brer Rabbit, 192?
You never know what you're going to come across when you actually read large swaths of historical documents. For example: in 1678, eight (probably young) men were prosecuted in Albany, New York, in a case identified as "Concerning a Scandalous Tree Erected Before the Door of Richard Pretty." How can a tree be scandalous, you … Continue reading People are weird, 17th century edition