Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
From LoC, any self respecting ad agency may now quit. Delightful? Fewer and fewer of us will recognize what on earth ' lard ' may be, much less ' refined lard '- or its genesis. Or uses. Our ancestors knew and this ad would have sold Fairbanks by the 20 pound block.
CWT needs a light-ish thread. Chellers would have liked this anyway, and maybe added something 'Texas'. There's always more in Texas.
It's a lovely poem, from a collection for women in Godey's- " zephyrs " being gentle breezes although NYPL offers us this from the 18th century. " Terpsishore "? Spell check hates it but perhaps out grgrgrandmothers knew?
She does seem breeze-ish?
Reading Godey's, Demorest's, era ladies' companion guides and heck, advertisements for a plethora of feminine wants, needs and pleasures it occurred to me our ancestors understood what amounted a whole, ' nother language. Well, our ancestors made use of more words regardless. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate, when made-up term entered the daily fray.
So... what is a chatelaine? Besides pretty, it transpires it fastened onto one's bosom, on a button, and carried one's glasses, spare change- pepper spray, you know, things to keep handy. You could make it yourself if you knew what passementerie cord may be.
" Vermifuge ". Something one employs when afflicted with er, worms.
" Imperatrice Porte-Montre ", an " appendage to a bed ". From Godey's, listed as a delightful gift, if someone could please explain what one does it with, would love to know?
How exhausting for our ancestors.
Without plumbing, there was a certain need to dress up things a trifle- any of ancestors would have recognized this attempt.
Isn't it awesome? I say bring these back! Beats cold plastic lids.
??? Oxegenated Bitters are advertised everywhere, but what in blazes were they?
SO out of time- a sampling among dozens saved. Feel free to ad words, deeds, furniture- in aid of becoming confusingly bilingual, like our era ancestors.