I have just spent well over an hour reading an encyclopaedia.
So what, I can hear you mutter. … after all there is the Internet so why bother trawling through the written word.
Now there is a comment worth discussion … maybe some other time
This was no ordinary encyclopaedia … it was ‘Everybody’s Pocket Cyclopaedia’ 1892 and I had forgotten all about buying it, about 15 or 20 years ago at a jumble sale.
It came to light when DD was looking for things to use with Altered Art, including old, but not valuable, books.
Here lies more food for thought … what makes an object valuable? … but I digress .
I could not agree to its demise, even for the sake of LO’s and Altered Art. I’m not sure why as I haven’t looked at it for at least10 years and it’s slightly out of date (lol) but I feel there is some magic of the past, locked away between its covers that should not be lost.
Did you know that Mr W George ran the fastest mile in 1886, in London
4 Mins 12 ¾ secs …. And it was still standing in 1892?
Or that there were sports records for Trycicles!
Did you know that 75 years was a Diamond anniversary then, not 60 years? I think Queen Victoria may have changed that as she had a Diamond Jubillee at 60 years.
Or that a Butt of Beer was108 gallons and a Firkin was 9 gallons … not that many will know what a gallon is soon!
Now here’s a useful couple!!…
To make leather boots waterproof saturate them with caster oil.
To ease a cold on the chest, ring out a flannel in boiling water and sprinkle with turpentine before placing on chest.
And last but not least … Cadbury’s Cocoa was the best beverage for children … or so the advert says.
Was I right to deny Altered Art this find?
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