Thursday, March 7, 2013

Historical Eye Candy

I went to the library today.  You know, the building where they have books. :-)

Anyway, I was looking through the shelves to see what caught my eye.  Sadly there are ZERO books about dollhouses or miniatures, but that doesn't mean you can't find something great to look at.

I found an amazing book called "Houses of the Founding Fathers" by Hugh Howard.  It is available on Amazon and you can find it here.

The pic is a large book of mostly pictures and interesting information.  The reason I fell in love with it, and will probably be purchasing a copy one day, is all the eye candy.  If you have ever thought about doing a dollhouse or miniature room based on a home from the 1700's, this is the book for you.
Just look at all this inspiration.  I hope it is OK to show these few pictures.  I'm showing much less than they show on Amazon. :-)  I'm sorry if the pictures aren't their best, but it is a glossy print book and I was just using my iPhone.

The book is full of information about each of the owners of the different houses and what life was like during that time period.
Here is a list of information that I thought was really interesting about the late 1700s in the United States.
*  The average child had about a 50% chance of surviving to adulthood.
*  All cooking was done in or around a fireplace/open fire.
*  There was no anesthesia for surgery or childbirth.
*  Other than sunlight, the only source of heat was from fire.
*  Slavery was legal in all thirteen colonies.
*  Every household produced most, if not all, of the candles, soap, foodstuffs and clothing it needed.
I hope you found this information as interesting as I did and I hope you check out this book.

Till later!