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Friday, 23 August 2013

Famous Women in the Middle Ages

I wrote an article about famous women in the Middle Ages. There were many of them, writers, artists and warriors. www.localhistories.org/womenmiddle

Thursday, 22 August 2013

History of Shopping

I wrote a history of shopping. Barcodes were first used in 1974. The first product scanned was chewing gum. www.localhistories.org/shopping

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Monday, 12 August 2013

Who Invented the Clothes Wringer?

Wet clothes were wrung through a device called a wringer or a mangle to dry them. The wringer or mangle was invented by Robert Tasker in 1850. Meanwhile a simple hand operated washing machine was invented in the late 18th century. An American named James King invented the modern washing machine in 1851 but it was still operated by hand. The electric washing machine was invented in 1908. www.localhistories.org/housework 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Washington DC

After the War of Independence (1775-83) the federal government decided to create a capital. The constitution, which was ratified in 1788 allowed for a federal territory to be created not more than 10 square miles in size. The site of Washington was chosen in 1790 after some wrangling. The Northern states wanted the Federal government to take over debts they had incurred during the war. The Southern states agreed on condition the new capital was located in the South. www.localhistories.org/washington 

Monday, 5 August 2013

History of Measurement

I wrote a history of measurement. It was, of course a vital part of human life through the centuries. www.localhistories.org/measurement 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Who Invented the Bra?

I wrote a brief history of bras. In Ancient Greece and Rome women wore a band of cloth over their breasts but in the Middle Ages and Renaissance women did not usually wear anything. The modern bra was invented in 1913 by Mary Phelps Jacob. www.localhistories.org/womenund