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1. The Bridge Player

Vintage advice on the art of playing the game of bridge, rules, strategy, and etiquette. Most are excerpted from a 1911 encyclopedia edition; from "Bridge; its Principles and Rules of Play", and from other public...

Tags: card games, bridge, playing cards

2. The Wine Historian

Essays, articles, and discussions on wine history.

Tags: wine, history

3. History of England

Posts on the making of Britain, adapted from "A Student's History of England" and other sources. Kings, queens, castles, Vikings, and more.

Tags: england, history, royalty, kings

4. The Coffee Maker

Articles about the history, cultivation, brewing, drinking, appreciation, and advertising of coffee.

Tags: coffee, history

5. Emily Post Etiquette

Vintage etiquette advice from 1922. Some is quaint; some of it very relevant today. All of it is well-written and fun to read.

Tags: emily post, etiquette, social, manners

6. Short Story Writing

Vintage advice for short story writers on a wide variety of topics. Adapted from "The Writing of the Short Story", 1902, and other sources.

Tags: writing, short story

7. Fannie Farmer Cooking

The Boston School Cookbook was a classic when it was published in 1896. Now in its 13th edition, it's still popular. These articles are from a revised edition in 1921.

Tags: fannie farmer, cooking, baking, recipes

8. The Vintage Dinner Party

Overly quaint etiquette advice for entertaining from Emily Post, 1922. Whom to invite, what to serve, and how to do it with vintage style!

Tags: entertaining, dinner, party, vintage

9. The Breakfast Chef

Vintage recipes, ideas, and thoughts about the art of cooking a fine breakfast. Lots of tasty ideas from old cookbooks.

Tags: breakfast, cooking, eggs, omlettes, pancakes

10. The Tomato Gardener

A variety of vintage articles and posts on gardening, cultivating, and growing tomatoes.

Tags: tomato, gardening, garden

11. Just Salmon Recipes

Wide collection of salmon recipes including curried salmon, salmon timbale, salmon creole, salmon loaf, baked salmon, lots more.

Tags: salmon, fish, cooking, recipes, seafood

12. Good Public Speaking

Classic advice from Dale Carnegie and other sources that is still very relevant today. Articles on how to create emphasis, use dramatic pause, employ good diction, choose vibrant words, and more.

Tags: public speaking, speech

13. Just Cajun Recipes

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” Mark Twain - 1884 Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll!)

Tags: recipes, cajun, louisiana, creole

14. History of France

These posts are on the early and medieval history of France, as excerpted from textbooks and public domain sources. Kings, queens, Hundred Year's War, Joan of Arc, more.

Tags: france, history, french, medieval

15. Just Soup Recipes

An eclectic collection of soup-making recipes from vintage cookbooks. Lobster bisque, clam chowder, chicken soup, and lots more.

Tags: cooking, soup, recipes

16. The Chess Lover

Articles and posts about the game of chess, its rules, strategies, and history. Articles are excerpted from vintage sources including a 1911 encyclopedia.

Tags: chess, games, checkmate, chessboard

17. The Ideal Bartender

Vintage drink recipes from a bartending guide originally published in 1917. The book was "dedicated to those who enjoy snug club rooms, that they may learn the art of preparing for themselves what is good."

Tags: bartending, drinks, cocktails, wine, whiskey

18. Just Salad Recipes

Eclectic collection of vintage salad recipes. Many are from the Boston Cooking-School Magazine" that was associated with Fannie Farmer.

Tags: cooking, salads, vegetarian

19. Travels in England

Articles from vintage travel guides about touring and experiencing England. Descriptions of lots of manor houses and abbeys.

Tags: england, uk, britian, abbey, vintage

20. Just Spinach Recipes

All kinds of ideas and recipes for cooking fresh spinach. Excerpted from "Vaughan's Vegetable Cookbook, How to Cook and Use Rarer Vegetables and Herbs", Fourth Edition, 1919, and other old cookbooks. Some good...

Tags: vegan, vegetarian, spinach, cooking, recipes

Latest Blog Posts

  • An Overview of Wines in Spain, 1882
    on Dec 1, 2016 in Spain
    Excerpted from "Spain", 1882, by Rev. Wentworth Webster, M.A. This is a brief overview of Spanish wine regions of the time. The productions of the northern zone vary greatly according to elevation and exposition. Those of the Basque Provinces still b...
  • Phrases Avoided In Good Society
    on Apr 5, 2016 in Conversation
    It is difficult to explain why well-bred people avoid certain words and expressions that are admitted by etymology and grammar. So it must be merely stated that they have and undoubtedly always will avoid them. Moreover, this choice of expression is...
  • The Death of Godwine 1053
    on Apr 5, 2016 in Normans
    After William had departed, Englishmen became discontented at King Edward's increasing favor to the Norman strangers. In 1052 Godwine and his sons—Swegen only excepted—returned from exile. They sailed up the Thames and landed at Southwark. The fo...
  • Duke William and the Norman Church
    on Apr 2, 2016 in Christianity Church Normans
    An Englishman, who saw much of Duke William in after-life, declared that, severe as he was, he was mild to good men who loved God. The Church was in his days assuming a new place in Europe. The monastic revival which had originated at Cluny had led...
  • Visit of Duke William. 1051
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Normans
    In Godwine's absence, in 1051 King Edward the Confessorreceived a visit from the Duke of the Normans, William, the bastard son of Duke Robert and the daughter of a tanner of Falaise.Robert was a son of Richard II., and William was thus the grandson o...
  • On the Future of Australian Wine, 1894
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Australia
    Excerpted from "The Art of Living in Australia", 1894, by Philip E. Muskett Having thus far referred to our totally inadequate supply of fish food, of vegetables, and of salad plants and herbs, there is still the great Australian wine industry to co...
  • The Peace of Utrecht, 1713
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Louis XIV
    King Louis XIV had outlived his good fortune by 1713.His great generals and statesmen had passed away. The country was exhausted, famine was preying on the wretched peasantry, supplies could not be found, and one city after another, of those Louis ha...
  • The Banishment of Godwine. 1051
    on Mar 30, 2016
    At last, in 1051, the strife between King Edward and the Earl broke out openly. Edward's brother-in-law, Eustace, Count of Boulogne, visited England. On his return his men made a disturbance at Dover, and in the riot which ensued some of the townsmen...
  • Edward the Confessor
    on Mar 28, 2016
    The English were tired of foreign rulers. 'All folk chose Edward king.'Edward, the son of Æthelred and the brother of the murdered Ælfred, though an Englishman on his father's side, was also the son of the Norman Emma, and had been brought up in No...
  • The Wars of the Palatinate and of Spanish Succession
    on Mar 28, 2016 in Louis XIV
    This brutal act of tyranny was followed by a fresh attack on Germany. On the plea of a supposed inheritance of his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Orleans, Louis invaded the Palatinate on the Rhine, and carried on one of the most ferocious wars in hist...
  • Good Etiquette When Playing Bridge
    on May 28, 2015 in Etiquette Rules
    There is no game in which slight intimations can convey so much information as that of Bridge. In justice to those who, by their manner, give information, it may be stated that most of the apparent unfairness at the Bridge table is unintentional. Hes...
  • Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
    on Apr 27, 2015 in Louis XIV
    In 1685 Louis XIV supposed that the Huguenots had been so reduced in numbers that the Edict of Nantes could be repealed. All freedom of worship was denied them; their ministers were banished, but their flocks were not allowed to follow them. If taken...
  • General Rules When Playing Bridge
    on Apr 15, 2015 in Rules
    Here are a brief set of general Bridge rules that don't fit into other categories:There should not be any consultation between partners as to the enforcement of penalties. If they do so consult, the penalty is paid. Once a trick is complete, turned...
  • In Honor of Charles Krug, 2011
    on Dec 1, 2014 in California United States
    From a speech by US Rep. Mike Thompson of California, September 21, 2011, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the winery. This speech contains some interesting facts of note in California wine history, including references to the phylloxera o...
  • Things to Avoid in Making Good Conversation
    on Nov 29, 2014 in Conversation
    In conversation the dangers are very much the same as those to be avoided in writing letters. Talk about things which you think will be agreeable to your hearer. Don't dilate on ills, misfortune, or other unpleasantnesses. The one in greatest danger...
  • Fannie Farmer Salmon Cutlets
    on Nov 29, 2014 in Fried
    Mix equal parts of cold flaked salmon and hot mashed potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.Shape in form of cutlets, dip in crumbs, egg, and crumbs again, fry in deep fat, and drain. Arrange in a circle, having cutlets overlap one another, on a fo...
  • Privacy Policy
    on Nov 29, 2014
    Privacy PolicyIf you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy documen...
  • The Revoke
    on Nov 28, 2014 in Rules
    A revoke occurs when a player (other than dummy), holding one or more cards of the suit led, plays a card of a different suit. The penalty for a revoke takes precedence of all other counts. A revoke is established if the trick in which it occurs be...
  • Historic Parisian Cafes
    on Nov 28, 2014 in Europe France Paris
    Some of the historic cafés are still thriving in their original locations, although the majority have now passed into oblivion. Glimpses of the more famous houses are to be found in the novels, poetry, and essays written by the French literati who p...
  • Louis XIV's War in the Low Countries
    on Nov 28, 2014 in Louis XIV
    Maria Theresa, the queen of Louis XIV., was the child of the first marriage of Philip IV. of Spain; and on her father's death in 1661, Louis, on pretext of an old law in Brabant, which gave the daughters of a first marriage the preference over the so...

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