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1. The Wine Historian

Essays, articles, and discussions on wine history.

Tags: wine, history

2. 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

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. 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

8. 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

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. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

Latest Blog Posts

  • 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...
  • Privacy Policy
    on Nov 27, 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...
  • France Under Louis XIV
    on Nov 27, 2014 in Kings Louis XIV
    There was, in fact, nothing but the chase to occupy a gentleman on his own estate, for he was allowed no duties or responsibilities. Each province had a governor or intendant, a sort of viceroy, and the administration of the cities was managed chiefl...
  • The Royal Court of King Louis XIV
    on Oct 29, 2014 in Kings Louis XIV
    The attempt from the earliest times of the French monarchy had been to draw all government into the hands of the sovereign, and the suppression of the Fronde completed the work. Louis XIV., though ill educated, was a man of considerable ability, much...
  • The Sons of Cnut. 1035—1042
    on Oct 29, 2014
    Cnut died in 1035. Godwine and the West Saxons chose Harthacnut, the son of Cnut and Emma to take his father's place, whilst the north and centre, headed by Leofwine's son, Leofric, Earl of the Mercians, chose Harold, the son of Cnut by an earlier wi...
  • Bridge Cards Played in Error
    on Oct 29, 2014 in Errors Rules
    Should the third hand not have played and the fourth play before his partner, the latter (not being dummy or dealer) may be called upon to play his highest or lowest card of the suit played, or to win or lose the trick. If anyone, not being dummy, o...
  • The Court of Anne of Austria
    on Oct 28, 2014
    The court of France, though never pure, was much improved during the reign of Louis XIII. and the regency of Anne of Austria. There was a spirit of romance and grace about it, somewhat cumbrous and stately, but outwardly pure and refined, and quite a...
  • The Fronde
    on Oct 25, 2014 in Thirty Years War
    When an heir had long been despaired of, Anne of Austria, the wife of Louis XIII., had become the mother of two sons, the eldest of whom, Louis XIV., was only five years old at the time of his father's death. The queen-mother became regent, and trust...
  • The Thirty Years' War in Flanders and Italy
    on Oct 20, 2014 in Thirty Years War
    The Thirty Years' War had been raging in Germany for many years, and France had taken no part in it, beyond encouraging the Swedes and the Protestant Germans, as the enemies of the Emperor. But the policy of Richelieu required that the disunion betwe...
  • Richelieu's Administration
    on Aug 31, 2014 in Church
    Cardinal de Richelieu's whole idea of statesmanship consisted in making the King of France the greatest of princes at home and abroad. To make anything great of Louis XIII., who was feeble alike in mind and body, was beyond any one's power, and Riche...
  • The Siege of Rochelle
    on Aug 30, 2014 in Wars of Religion
    The rottenness of the State was chiefly owing to the nobility, who, as long as they were allowed to grind down their peasants and shine at court, had no sense of duty or public spirit, and hated the burghers and lawyers far too much to make common ca...

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