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London Cries: Shoe Cleaner by Paul Sandby 1759


Paul Sandby (1731-1809) from the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection Detail: Shoes, stool, three legged stool, brushes, shoe brush, clay pot,  ladies cap, gentleman, sword, coat, tricorn hat, shoe cleaner, shoe polisher

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January 14, 2016


18th Century Vermicelli Pudding aka Kugel


This is an interesting vermicelli pudding from 1784 edition of  The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse. 1 Pint Milk 4 Oz Vermicelli Ground Cinnamon to taste 1 Cup Heavy Cream 4 Oz Melted Butter 4…

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September 21, 2015


Young Couple with Two Small Children in a Laundry by Sigmund Freudenberger


Sigmund Freudenberger (1745-1801) from the Swedish National Library Detail: window, shutter, broom, washtub, dishes, cook pot, pot lid, iron kettle, fireplace, fireplace curtain, lantern, ceiling hook, playing card, family, chair, table, bottle, shelf, food, apples, basket, skillet, long handle frying…

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September 17, 2015


View of Boston Harbor by Franz Xaver Habermann 1770


Franz Xaver Habermann (1721-1796) Detail: harbor, ship, boat, soldier, sailor, musket, anchor, cannon, workmen, drum, barrel, castle

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September 16, 2015


A Stupendously Fresh Soup


Life on the trail in the 18th century was often a difficult and dangerous endeavor. It's easy to romanticize from our overstuffed chairs what wilderness living may have been like -- being one with nature, living in a symbiotic relationship with…

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September 15, 2015


Beggar in Soldiers Clothing by Marquard Wocher 1780


Marquard Wocher (1760-1830) from the Swiss National Library Detail: beggar, crutch, sling, tattered clothing, haversack, gourd canteen  

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September 2, 2015


Young Mother by Marquard Wocher 1778


Marquard Wocher (1760-1830) Detail: Mother, child, plant pot, rake, chicken, basket, dog, scythe, sickle, shovel, shaving bench, house, window, garden, thatch roof, timber frame

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August 31, 2015


An Old- Woman by a Fireplace by Jacob Vrel ~1660


Jacob Vrel Detail: foot warmer, chair, brass kettle, fireplace, curfew, meat fork, skimmer, tiles, sconce, porringer, delft plates, candles sticks, wall panelling, mantle, mantle curtain

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August 27, 2015


Selfportrait with Family by Hendrik Spilman ~1760


Hendrik Spilman (1736-1784) Detail:  girl’s clothing, doll, cat, book, Ladies’ floppy black hat, cravat, wig

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August 25, 2015


A Simply Fantastic Lemon Cream


Don't be fooled by the word "cream." This delicious recipe for Lemon Cream from Amelia Simmons’ cookbook American Cookery (1796), is ironically completely dairy-free. Instead, it uses an interesting egg-cooking technique which yields a delicious custard-like dessert. While fruit creams of this…

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August 21, 2015


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