Monday, October 3, 2011

Our Own Snug Fireside by Jane C. Nylander

Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in an early 19th century kitchen?  What are the women cooking?  What are they chatting about?  And what time is dinner anyway?  Nylander helps us to delve into domestic life of the time period between 1760 to 1860.  Through period journals, letters, family account books, advertisements, paintings and illustrations, she tells us a story of a way of life that is all but forgotten.  But leave the rose colored glasses behind.  This book looks at the joys but also the harsh realities of the time.

Accounts of the drudgery of laundry as well as the pleasures of a quilting party give us an intimate glimpse of the day to day life of our foremothers.   This work is enriched with 162 period illustrations showing everything from elegant dinner parties, to pro temperance advertisements.  Its the next best thing to a time machine.

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