When I was five, I got up out of bed to bug my parents about something, and accidentally saw some unusually violent footage on the evening news. The awfulness of it has stuck with me, even though I have no idea what it really was. This would have been around 1983 - 1984 (possibly troubling details within). [more inside]
I'm looking for some good radio streams from the early part of the 19th century. I love to have it on in the background during the day. [more inside]
I'd like to replace the windows in my 1950's home. The neighborhood falls into a sort of an intermediate category where it is not designated as a historical district, but is eligible to become one due to the age of the homes being >50 years. For this reason, I have to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the local historical preservation committee in order to replace the street-facing windows. What's my best strategy for handling this? Details below the fold. [more inside]
So, my boyfriend and his friends enjoy playing boardgames together, especially ones regarding strategy (Settlers of Catan, Risk, etc.).They own a lot of modern boardgames, so for a gift, I wanted to get him a few fun vintage ones that they probably won't have played before. What vintage boardgames or other games have you played that you enjoyed most, especially those that are uncommon or no longer available today (except on Ebay)? [more inside]
We may have found an abandoned "cemetery" just off our property in a rural area. Possibly from homesteaders or maybe earlier. How do we research this? [more inside]
Please help me find photos of poor to middle class living space interiors, in everyday condition vs. spiffed up for the photographer, from the Victorian era through the 1940s? American settings primarily, Western Europe okay too. Stipulation: no corpses. [more inside]
About 20 years ago, I visited a place on the Big Island of Hawaii, near the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, that I remember as some kind of wooden/rock obstacle course. It was sort of a historical thing, not in use but one could at least walk by it. It may have been called a "proving ground." What was this place? (more inside) [more inside]
I'd like to convert 729 livres in Lyon, France in 1736 to contemporary US dollars. [more inside]
We have watched (it was a long winter) the entirety of Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea, Wind at My Back, and Emily of New Moon. We (two adults, one almost 8 yr old) need a new, mildly addictive, not scary series, hopefully with a similar sort of flavour? [more inside]
I would like to watch some BIG DUMB* MOVIES that look good and go down easily—modern epics, dramas, and adventure movies with an old-school sensibility. Cheesy sentimentality and/or problematic politics are okay. Bonus for scores that tell you exactly how to feel, old-fashioned adventure, lush scenery, sweeping romance, shameless tearjerking, improbable history, etc. Basically, spectacle-style pictures that are really good at being spectacles, if not at being great movies. [more inside]
My mother and her sister were involved in a dramatic mountain rescue in New Zealand in 1968. I'd like to be able to read the newspaper articles about the event, but I can't find online sources for NZ later than 1945. Are there other places I could look to find the articles? [more inside]
I know you weren't there. Can you point me to a report from someone who was?
I have a box full of the blocks I used to play with as a kid. My grandfather told me that he picked them up off of the Spruce Goose floor when he worked at Hughes Aircraft and cut them into blocks for my mom to play with. He and my grandmother are deceased, so there's no way to get more details. The wood is a pretty distinctive laminate so maybe someone could authenticate it? Could it be worth anything? I'm trying to pare down my crap and I don't know anything about this sort of thing.
Where can I find an online calculator that will enable me to compare the value of early 19th century British currency (pounds, shillings, pence) to modern-day US currency? Is there even such a thing?
I'm looking for a cool historic photo for a specific spot in my house. What are your favorite sources for that kind of thing? [more inside]
This recent post on the historical debate over extraterrestrial life got me interested in historical thought on the topic in other parts of the world. Can anyone provide some information? [more inside]
I recently read The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon and I really liked a lot of the elements she used. I'm looking for stories in the same vein. I tried a couple book rec websites, but didn't really find what I was looking for. [more inside]
I'm craving a particular subtype of historical novel: the kind that posits a dimly-remembered reality behind a famous myth/legend/story, sort of filling it out and extrapolating the details into realism. My favorite of this kind is Mary Renault's "The King Must Die" about Theseus (also the sequel). I also enjoyed "Eaters of the Dead", about the events of 'Beowulf'. But what are some other good ones you can recommend? More examples and specifics inside! [more inside]
I want to run a story oriented table top RPG that is not Tolkien Fantasy- help me choose an easy to wrangle system that would be conducive to the Georgian/Napoleonic War with Magic as a back drop? [more inside]
I'm a rookie member of the Providence Grays, a vintage baseball team. This season, we are having a difficult time finding a source of wool that we can use for our baseball trousers. Can anyone help me find a source? [more inside]
Recommend me fiction or very readable memoirs about midwifery, obstetrics, and the politics of birth--any genre is fine, but SF/F and historical suggestions are especially welcome. [more inside]
My nine year old just read "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It is her first introduction to really high quality historical fiction. She is excited to read more books that teach her about history, but are also fun to read because they are fiction. Do you have any ideas about historical fiction books that are excellent quality like "Number the Stars" but that are age appropriate for my nine year old? Thank you.
Where/how can I find comprehensive military deployment statistics going back to the Civil War? [more inside]
I love Georgette Heyer's regency romances, but as I'm not regular romance reader, the signal to noise ratio when trying to find something similar is very low. My searches have yielded mixed results, can you help? [more inside]
Movie about a widow on a farm/ranch in Australia. It's historical, but I can't remember the period. She has red hair, and is shamed by her church for not having remarried. She's menaced by bad guys on horses, who tie up a young man (a cousin? brother?) to a fence and prepare to horsewhip him, but a mysterious man swoops in at the last minute to save them. It sounds like every romance novel ever, but I only caught a few minutes of it and was intrigued enough to try to find it again. Ideas?
We've been invited to "a 1940's wedding party" in a few weeks. If someone told you to dress the part, as a man, what would you do? I'm not too concerned about super historical accuracy, but more just looking a little on-theme vs. every other wedding. And buying a new suit is not in the cards.
Graduating with an MS in May, an independent historical research project on my brain, and time. What should I do NOW while I'm still a student? [more inside]
My friend is visiting me in Rhode island today through Sunday night and has her heart set on historical sights in Boston and going to the coast of Maine (maybe acadia). Given weather, Boston traffic, and driving times, what is the best way to do this? [more inside]
A printout was inadvertently glued to a copy of a historical photo. How do I get it off? [more inside]
Looking for new novels - flavour: slightly epic fantasy, SF or historical, with good female characters
I'm looking for some new books and/or authors to read, probably fantasy/SF or historical, dramatic but not dark and preferably with female characters. [more inside]
Looking for more information on what life was like in the period depicted in Downton Abbey. [more inside]
Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title. [more inside]
How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
I am looking for a historical-fictional novel of either pre-Roman classical antiquity (Crete, Thebes, Sparta, Athens, etc.), the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest), Sumer, or Ancient Egypt. [Details inside!] [more inside]
I really like Carloman. Are there any other bands that use the same historical gimmick? [more inside]
My favorite book is James A. Michener's The Source. What else might I like? I detest romance and I don't like "spy" novels. I don't like Ken Follet. I did like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Googling and checking Amazon for Historical Fiction didn't yield anything interesting. Help me out here, guys, I trust your judgement.
Please explain these old newspaper customs regarding days and dates. [more inside]
I would like to know how tall my dad's uncles and mom were, and ideally go up the family tree to chart the outliers to identify the tall and short adults. Where might I find height data for ancestors who lived in the US? [more inside]
What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)? [more inside]
What are some of the most interesting historical war/rebellion stories from ancient times? Specifically interested in great true stories from ancient Greece, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Middle Eastern areas. [more inside]
What fictional male characters are confirmed bachelors with many female friends and few male friends? I'm especially interested in stories set before 1950. [more inside]
Historical dates for blog posts? [more inside]
I've scoured the internet looking for information on this photograph, but no luck thus far. Any ideas? [more inside]
Halloween Snowflake Filter: Friends are having a halloween party with the theme "Dine With The Dead". Everyone is going as a dead celebrity/historical figure. Who will I be? [more inside]
what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
It's the mid 20th century. You're a 40 or 50-something, poor, married immigrant mother who barely speaks English, has been accused by your husband of infidelity....and has just been committed to a state hospital for the "insane." How mentally ill are you likely to be, by today's standards? [more inside]
Please recommend an excellent historical novel about life in 17th-century North America (preferably New England). I'm re-reading Toni Morrison's A Mercy right now, and I'm looking for more stuff about the day-to-day life -- chores, food, bartering, the intersection of European colonists with indigenous American populations, etc. I s'pose I'd be okay with a nice non-fiction book, too, but the preference is for fiction.
Historical Newspaper Archives: I am trying to locate the best online sources for mid 19C newspaper archives for some of the 'second tier' US cities. For instance: the Louisville Democrat and the Louisville Journal from 1851. [more inside]
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