I'm looking for resources and sources on daily life for an average MGM contract player in 1940s - what an average working day looked like -- ideally focusing on mundane details like hours worked, how did you get there, union rules, where you entered and left, where you could and couldn't go etc. The more workaday the better. I've allready gone through Charles Brackett's diaries and halfway through MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot ( which is good for physical locations so far), but its not as focused on the physical operations as I'd like.
I'm looking for examples of unexpected (and not widely known) practices of everyday life from bygone eras. I'll give a few examples of the type of information I seek. [more inside]
How can I read more about life in countries other than the USA? [more inside]
I'm looking for online resources describing daily life and struggles in rural New England in the 1800s, ideally around the mid-century period and in Vermont/New Hampshire. Narratives favored over statistics but non-fiction favored over fiction.
I'm astonished by the sheer number of people with whom I interact in my life. How many of them can I realistically expect to keep track of in the years to come? Are my experiences normal? Does the rate of establishing new connections, as well as deepening existing connections, stand to slow down over time, or will it keep going at something like the present rate? [more inside]
Please suggest books, ideally fiction, about everyday life of common people in wartime Nazi Germany, or other people who ended up on the wrong side of history. [more inside]
I'm hosting a French teenager this summer and would like to find some English-language videos for her to watch. She really likes Cyprien, a 20-something French YouTube performer. Help me find something similar in English, Hive Mind! [more inside]
Recently, I was asked for my husband's SSN (no idea) and my license plate number (usually I know this, but it's newly registered so again, no idea). I got funny looks when I didn't know these things, which made me wonder-- what other similar information should I memorize or otherwise have readily at hand? [more inside]
Looking for first-person narratives from undocumented immigrants to the United States. [more inside]
Where can I find job descriptions for jobs from the 1850s-1950s? [more inside]
How can I learn about life as a normal British girl from the mid 1800s on through to the 1960s? [more inside]
I need small ways of incorporating physical activity into my daily life. Any ideas? [more inside]
I have trouble doing the normal every-day stuff people just do without complaining. What is stopping me from getting it together? [more inside]
Seeking information about the mundanities of day-to-day life in the Alaskan Bush region. [more inside]
Are there any good books that focus on the daily minutia of life in the late 1700s and/or early 1800s? [more inside]