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Civil War Toothpowder for Brushing Teeth

A lot of interesting, do-it-yourself items were published in newspapers during the Civil War including the following recipe for toothpowder. I am placing this recipe…

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Serial Killer Joseph Briggen Fed His Victims to His Hogs

Joseph Briggen of Sierra Morena, California was proud of his award winning pigs. They were beautiful creatures, plump and frisky. All the farmers knew he…

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The Life and Death of Serial Killer Carl Panzram

Carl Panzram was an active serial killer in the 1920s. He claimed he killed 21 people, although many of the murders are unconfirmed. He had…

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Civil War Confederate Soldier Recipes 1861

In 1855, Seyer wrote a list of easy recipes for soldiers in the field and the recipes were printed again for use by the Confederates…

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Fortune Telling With Playing Cards – Year 1920

The people of the early 1900s loved their ouija boards and telling fortunes with playing cards. It was something they did in the evenings to…

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DIY Tobacco Pipe Rack 1911

If you have a small collection of tobacco pipes, here is how they made a pipe rack in the early 1900s. While I don’t smoke,…

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DIY Fern Stand From 1911

This DIY fern stand was originally published in 1911. It is, on one hand, a bit odd looking, but then again I really could make…

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DIY Bee Swarm Catcher

The instructions below are for a simple burlap net that can be used to capture bee swarms so that they could be moved to a…

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Antiseptic Kissing Screen From 1912

There was a huge kissing phobia in the early 1900s and it was recommended to use lemons and an antiseptic kissing screen if there was…

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Man Torn to Pieces By Wolves

In 1888, a reporter traveled to Russia and asked an official there about how many people were killed by wolves each year. The official replied,…

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