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14Oct
2017
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Human Skeletons for Sale

In the age of enlightenment, people learned about anatomy from more than just books. The use of articulated skeletons dates back to at least 1543, and by the 18th century, there were purveyors of this somewhat gruesome commodity such as Nathaniel Longbottom, whose card appears at right. Medical schools flourished in Europe in the 18th […]

08Apr
2017
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bathing

Spring Cleaning: Hygiene in Colonial Times

Ah, spring. A new beginning. New possibilities. Let’s start fresh with a good bath. Wash the winter off of our bodies. Dress in freshly laundered clothes. And…wait. What? You shower every day no matter the season? You always have clean clothes? This is no big deal? Ah, 21st century people you surely are. Certainly not […]

08Apr
2017
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wigs

18th Century Occupations: The Peruke Maker

While we promised “now obsolete” occupations in the last post in this series, that doesn’t exactly hold true this time around, although the nomenclature has changed from the exotic “peruke maker” to the more mundane “wig maker.” While wigs date to much earlier times, it was Louis XIII of France who is credited with helping […]

10Feb
2017
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18th Century Occupations: The Nightman

Trade cards were the 18th century’s equivalent to today’s business cards and they provide interesting insight into some of the now obsolete jobs people once held.   John Hunt, of Goswell Street in London, for instance, advertised his services as a “Nightman and Rubbish Carter.” What exactly did a nightman do? As the name indicates, […]

10Feb
2017
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VonEchstedtGardenPrivyBlog

The Necessary

The necessary, necessary house, bog, boghouse, boggard, bog-shop, temple, convenience, temple of convenience, little house, house of office, close stool, privy, garderobe—all euphemistic terms for what we would call an outhouse. The privy at Graeme Park is a reconstruction located just off the south side of the house. Given the proximity to the door, the […]