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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 18 July 2019

Category: American History, British History, Featured Old Photos, History of Western Civilization

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 1 July 2018

Category: American History, British History, Featured Old Photos

Differences Between Rich And Poor In Victorian Times

-Rich And Poor In Victorians Times- The quality of life during the Victorian times depended on whether you were rich or poor. Wealthy Victorians children enjoyed a life of ease, where the poor may have to work in a mine, or be shoved down a chimney, as a chimney sweep.


Posted by Carl Rhodes at 30 June 2018

Category: American History, British History, The American Revolution

Here are two examples taken from the post:

Aide-de-camp: a military officer acting as secretary and confidential assistant to a superior officer of general or flag rank.

Jaeger corps: in the German army, one belonging to a body of light infantry armed with rifles, resembling the chasseur of the French army. Sharpshooter. Also Yager and Jager.


Posted by Carl Rhodes at 17 April 2018

Category: American History

President Abraham Lincoln’s Slippers

Abraham Lincoln wore these size 14 goat slippers while relaxing at home, right up until the day he was assassinated. Soon to be displayed at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C., the slippers are on loan from the President Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, where they are part of a permanent exhibit. Replicas of the slippers were used in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln.Alex Williamson, tutor to William and Tad Lincoln, presented the slippers to President Hayes, a collector of historical artifacts, after Lincoln’s death. Williamson attached a note that read, “Sir, Please accept the accompanying slippers. They were worn by the late President Lincoln up to the day of his murder.”


Posted by Carl Rhodes at 20 February 2018

Category: British History, Continental European History, History of Western Civilization

First modern Britons had ‘dark to black’ skin, Cheddar Man DNA analysis reveals

The genome of Cheddar Man, who lived 10,000 years ago, suggests that he had blue eyes, dark skin and dark curly hair

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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 27 December 2017

Category: British History

Iron Age Britain’s Oldest Gold – Archaeology Magazine

Staffordshire, England.  Four torcs uncovered in Leekfrith are the earliest Iron Age gold items ever found in Britain. Torcs are jewelry that were worn around neck, by both men and women.  They can be dated to between 400 and 250 B.C. based on their stylistic qualities, says Julia Farley of the British Museum, who notes they were most likely worn by women. The torcs’ age is remarkable because, for several hundred years starting around 800 B.C., people in Britain appear to have largely abandoned wearing and manufacturing gold jewelry.  Follow the link below for more on these:


Posted by Carl Rhodes at 14 September 2017

Category: American History, The American Revolution

Alvan Fisher - Coffee clap
The following was recorded in the journal of John Boyle on that date: A Female Riot. ~ About 100 Women from the North-Part of the Town, getting information of a Quantity. of Coffee being in the Store of Thos. Boylston, Esqr. which he refused to sell at the regulated Price, attacked him in King-Street, and demanded the Keys of his Store, which he refusing to deliver, they immediately placed him in a Cart, and threatened to Cart him out of Town, upon which he delivered them the Keys. — A Committee was appointed to keep him Custody while the Body was employed in getting the Coffee out of the Store, which they speedily effected, and went off with their booty.
Writing from Boston, on July 31, 1777, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, away attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia wrote on the account:
“There is a great scarcity of sugar and coffee, articles which the female part of the state is very loath to give up, especially whilst they consider the great scarcity occasioned by the merchants having secreted a large quantity. It is rumored that an eminent stingy merchant, who is a bachelor, had a hogshead of coffee in his store, which he refused to sell under 6 shillings per pound.
“A number of females—some say a hundred, some say more—assembled with a cart and trunk, marched down to the warehouse, and demanded the keys.
“Upon his finding no quarter, he delivered the keys, and they then opened the warehouse, hoisted out the coffee themselves, put it into a trunk, and drove off. A large concourse of men stood amazed, silent spectators of the whole transaction.”

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 30 August 2017

Category: American History

The Rev. John Norton was born at Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, where he was ordained. He joined the Puritan movement, and sailed in 1634 to New England, arriving Plymouth. In 1638 at the age of 38, he was called to become the “teacher” for the congregation in recently-settled Ipswich.

In 1652 Norton left Ipswich and later succeeded John Cotton as minister of First Church in Boston. Cotton Mather wrote in his eulogy of the Rev. Rogers, “Here was a Renowned Church consisting mostly of such illuminated Christians, that their Pastors in the Exercise of their Ministry, might His Colleague here was the celebrious Norton, and glorious was the Church of Ipswich now, in two such extraordinary persons, with their different Gifts, but united Hearts, carrying on the Concerns of the Lord’s kingdom in it!”‘

For the Puritans, the “Lord’s Kingdom” did not include Quakers, and the Rev. Norton is known as the chief instigator of the persecution of Quakers in New England. He is quoted as saying, “I would carry fire in one hand and faggots in the other, to burn all the Quakers in the world.” The punishment for a Quaker to set foot in Massachusetts in 1660 was death by hanging.

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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 3 June 2017

Category: American History, British History

“No one has ever found this many together.”

It is believed they may have been discarded in lieu of  the new Charleville muskets & bayonets delivered from the French, who had of late become an ally of the Americans .


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