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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    Kromer's Patent Dye, Opportunistic Poetry That'll Raise Your Hair ( sorry..... )

    From an advertisement preserved for us by Library of Congress, company named Hovey's sells their hair-plaster-downer, a gelatinous cocoa glycerine mixture. An idyllic domestic scene implies familial bliss should anyone risk the purchase. Advertisers, huh? Hang on. Ran into my new hand's down...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    Mr. Smith's Flight, " ..He Floated With Apparent Ease " 1865

    One of quite a few, these are so novel and charming it just never occurs to you they'd be anything except novel and charming. Who knew one could be an eye witness account of an eye witness account? I can't find an image quite matching the article- it's somewhere. From NYPL, an 1807 image...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Or, The Tale Of Two Condiments 1864

    I'd be crabby too. The things you find in your bed, huh? Yes, sorry. Another newspaper story! Also sorry to mislead anyone because there's only one condiment, two men. Really couldn't help sharing this. We girls try to be helpful, honest, it just doesn't always go very well. Of course, on the...
  4. lelliott19

    Civil War Drawings in Old Newspapers

    When I am scanning old newspaper articles, I frequently marvel at the talent of the artists who sketched for the newspapers back in the day. Imagine someone taking the time to sketch a scene to go along with a story. Some articles include multiple sketches. How may sketches would there have been...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    " Women In The Army ", 5th Wisconsin Soldier Liked Having Us Around, 1861

    Women have been following men off to war since, well, war became something to go off to. Or they showed up by themselves, to the benefit of anyone already there. A soldier/correspondent from the 5th Wisconsin seems to have been awfully prolific, writing almost entire pages for his home...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Columbus Had No Clue Pudding, 1861

    Nutmeg recipes always get my vote- inclusion in this pudding , in some recipes makes it a little bit of a puzzle. ' Indian ' with spices grown in the West Indies or ' Indian ' because Columbus wouldn't budge on where he was? He was really certain the folks already here were residing in India...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Mrs. Frick's Boarding House Remembers When, 1861

    Boarding houses were a recognizable feature of life in the era, working folks having recourse to inexpensive lodging without household responsibilities. Long article, but a great glimpse inside a forgotten past. Despite our fascination with creaking Victorian mansions and our vague convictions...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Army Has The Strangest Pets... ", Dogs, Squirrels And An Owl Named Minerva

    Our fuzzy buddies have been following armies to war for an awfully long time. I can't source this but you just know armor clad warriors heading for Bosworth Field trailed panting companions. They hung around, the ACW a little warmed by their presence. With thanks to @LoyaltyOfDogs , MotM ...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    A Kentuckian's Forgotten Gift, Mary Todd's Rifles

    Frank Leslie depicted ' Kentucky ', in a memorable spread early in the war. Union flags fly on these steam boats despite the state's turmoil over loyalties. Mary Todd Lincoln really couldn't win. Raised in a wealthy, slaveholding family with roots reaching deep inside the new Confederacy ...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    A British Journalist Draws Lincoln, George Sala's Blue Parlor Interview

    During Lincoln's presidency our Executive Mansion really was ' ours '- owned by the citizens of the United States, it- and the residents were amazingly accessible. Image is slightly post war but is a terrific illustration of the latitude allowed. A household name in Victorian England...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Michigan's Tiny Man, Drummer Boy Robert Henry Hendershot

    There's a reason the term ' drummer boy ' became iconic through time ( and wars ). It's a bizarre concept if you think about it- children in armies, boys under fire, enduring hardships with grown men. And dying. NYPL What is weird is how accepted it seems to have been to send ( sometimes...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Dr. Harriet Austin's Prescription, Ladies, Ride Like A Man

    A huge part of allure for ladies riding was the ' costume ', heavily advertised in ladies' magazines, an ultra feminine concoction whose flowing skirts, foaming lace and stylish hat betokened one's cutting edge fashion sense. And one's acceptance of social norms. Dr. Harriet Austin was an era...
  13. Belle Montgomery

    Speaking of Soldier's Motives: Story of the Civil War Depended on What Paper You Read

    Such a perfect example of "spinning" in a time when newspapers were the main source with newspaper copy comparisons to prove it! Examples of statements made in them proves that even up here in Ohio you'll find not all were willing to fight against the South and/or slavery: IE: “We have no...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Richmond's 1864 " Wedding Brigade ", Lady Guerillas In The Midst...

    This mid-century, 1800's illustration is of a Russian wedding tradition whereby bride and groom are hurtled towards the church, pursued by more thundering carriages and horsemen. Richmond's wedding parties around 1864 may have found the scene familiar. NYPL Sorry. Some things are just a set-up...


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