Everyday life in the past
January 15, 2012 6:21 PM Subscribe
Looking for a 19th century Do-It-Yourself guide . . .
posted by LonnieK to writing & language (12 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I saw it in a used bookstore and foolishly left it there. It was a compendium of little how-tos -- how to sew a seam, make mutton stew, tan leather -- that together gave a great picture of everyday life in a certain era, or at least everyday need-to-know aspirations.
I know Foxfire, Farmer's Almanac, guides to everyday life. All good. But this was purer, just How to …
I don't imagine there was just one of this genre. To narrow things down, I'm focused on 1865-1870, but anything 20 years before or after would give a good read on that period.