Getting to Know the 1800’s Part I

Absquatulate: To take leave, to disappear.

I’m so sorry about that short hiatus, things have been so crazy. I’ve been dealing with several international bureaucracies, and I don’t even really have a moment right now. Hopefully, I’ll get back on a stable schedule and be able to post more regularly. In the mean time, I’m going to do a series of posts about Getting to Know the 1800s, taking excerpts from Everyday Life in the 1800s by Marc McCutcheon. Perhaps it will entertain some of you, especially those of you who enjoyed the Olde Timey Insults! Funny what quaint slang they had back then, isn’t it?

Gotham: New York City.

You just thought it was from the Batman (admittedly, I accidentally wrote Bathman at first) comics, didn’t you? Well, actually, this name has been referring to the Big Apple throughout the early 1800s. McCutcheon cites a less-than-flattering description of New York City as Gotham:

“An Albany or Newark dog is well worth fifty cents, if brought to Gotham’s authorities, as if actually killed in Gotham’s streets… We understand that a dog’s flesh is quite a luxury in Gotham market.” Philadelphia Public Ledger, 5 August 1836.

Gotham City

Pigs: Kept as pets and as future food sources in yards, towns, and cities all over America. Thousands of them ran freely on New York City streets during the first half of the century.

Queen Anne House: A house style popular in the 1870s and 1880s in England and America, actually based on a combination of Elizabethan, Tudor, Gothic, and English Renaissance forms. Notable features included polygonal or cylindrical towers, bay windows, balconies, and ornate woodwork.

Queen Anne House

Groom’s Seat: A small seat or rumble seat where a groom or footman rode at the back of a coach or carraige.

Dugway: Popular slang for a simple, dug-out road.

George IV Phaeton: An elegant, slipper-shaped carriage with folding hood, pulled by two horses. This vehicle was very popular with women because it was graceful and was open to allow the passengers’ fashion to be seen and admired from the street.

George IV Phaeton

-A.

Photos Courtesy Of:
http://www.rina2012.co.uk/communities/2/004/005/953/492/images/4514693977.jpg

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Etsy

If you read our blog on a regular basis, you have probably noticed how varied our topics and interests are. A put it very nicely in the “About The Time Machine” section when she described our posts as a “mixed bag.”

Most of you probably follow our model and have mixed interests. Because of this, many of us will hit a roadblock in our lives where we are unsure of where to find certain items to satisfy our enthuasium. No longer do we need to hunt down tiny unknown stores (although that can certainly be fun), find private specialists, or looking in millions of places. Etsy, the online shopping place for crafts and vintage has literally everything!

Let’s face it – we all have quirks about us. Most of the time, these quirks are surpressed my generic mass-market products. For example, you get a new phone and need a case to protect it. At the store there are normally these options: colors, classic patterns, and clear. Most of us will settle for one of them without a second thought. However, how about a cover made out of a timeless vintage fabric? Or out of an old heater vent or even zebra skin? On Etsy, your true personality will come through.

Okay. So if it were up to me, the entire point of this post would be just to rant on and on about how wonderful I think Etsy is. However, listening to someone rant on and on about how much they love something can often get a little annoying. So rather than listening to me talk about it, go find out for yourself!! Here’s the link: http://www.etsy.com/. They truly have something for everyone!

-C

Pictures courtesy of:

http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/01/11/etsy-made-me-do-it/

http://blogs.wsj.com/dealjournalaustralia/2012/06/12/etsy-focuses-on-growth-down-under/

Unintentional Sun Damage

I’ve always been obsessed with sun protection. The last thing I want is to look like a dried out piece of leather…or better yet, in 20 years, a raisin. Among my friends I am always compared to sheets of paper…I like my animal hides tanned – not my skin. Don’t get me wrong – a girl with a perfect spray tan can be beautiful…it’s just not for me. But it’s defiantly better than a tanning bed!

For many of us, we’ve heard the importance of sunscreen and other protective measures when tanning for years, so that’s not what I’m going to focus on today. Instead, I’m going to talk about a type of (somewhat) unintentional UV exposure that can leave you just as harmed (if not more) than lying out in the sun for a day.

UV INDEX PROTECTION CHART

Gel Manicures are probably the most damaging thing I do to my skin. Every two weeks I have a gel manicure. Before I go, I protect my hands with a SPF, but even that might not be enough to protect you from the powerful rays. The lamps used to cure the nails are lower than those of tanning beds, but if using on a regular basis they can be even more harmful because of the direct and prolonged exposure.

So next time you go get exposed to UV rays remember this – skin protection is important (AND DONT LOOK INTO THE LIGHT!). Even if you get flack for it now, in 20 years, everyone will wish they had followed your example whether they have just aged badly or are having more unfortunate effects such as skin cancer. Be careful as we begin the summer!!!

-C

Photos:

http://faithfulprovisions.com/2011/06/07/sunscreen-deals-roundup/

http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-answers/prevention/about-ultraviolet-radiation/the-uv-index.html

http://greenpointers.com/2012/06/11/so-addicted-gel-nails-not-for-worried-upper-west-side-jewish-ladies/