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12-06-2016
Transformation to a Worldwide Economy, 1860-1900
by Chester Wright
Table of Contents Topic: Who We Were, Where We've Been
CONTAINS: Author illustrates the growth of industry in Europe as well as the effects of efficient transportation and communications in world trade and effects on other nations. Article ends with "The United States retained an unusual degree of self-sufficiency, but its increasing share in the economic life of the world was making a policy of isolation less and less tenable; inevitably world problems beset it."


 

12-01-2016
Join the Protest Against "Big Oil" . . . the Rising Price of Gasoline, 1916
by Hoosier Motorist magazine staff
Table of Contents Topic: You Can Enjoy Politics
CONTAINS: Great, quick read showing our early contempt for "Big Oil" and a condemnation of the Standard Oil Companies. Gasoline prices doubled to 24 cents per gallon and motorists were up-in-arms. Oil production and export facts are given . . . the United States produced 60% of the world's oil. The War caused increased prices, not on fundamental supply/demand but because of speculators.


 

11-29-2016
Sinful Veal and Sweetbreads Recipes . . . Fannie Farmer, 1915
by Fannie Merritt Farmer, Boston, 1857-1915
Table of Contents Topic: Blue Collar Recipes and Cooking Methods
CONTAINS: Really fun, quick read on methods, flavorings and sauces which you will find useful in much of your non-veal cooking. You may gain a few pounds just reading Loin of Veal, Allemande . . . salt pork (or bacon), butter, egg, catsup, nutmeg, cayenne, bread crumbs, sour cream. You may enjoy making Mock Sweetbreads just to tease your friends and family.


 

11-24-2016
American Women and World War 2, Part 5: Working for the War Effort in Washington D. C., 1944
by Bess Furman, Mademoiselle magazine contributor.
Table of Contents Topic: They Served
CONTAINS: Insights into the government operations in Washington D. C. and the need for women to fill important jobs. You'll feel the pride of the Mademoiselle magazine writer and realize that women grabbed opportunity which only war would bring and won a permanent place in upper-scale jobs. You'll also learn much about the business of our government, 1944.


Featured Archives

 

03-13-2012
Will You Fly with Me? Airlines Have Improved from 1918 to 1946
by Lucien Zacharoff
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too


 

03-20-2012
Tom Payne’s Restored 1930’s, Philo Illinois Auto Shop
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too


 

03-22-2012
$2000 of Farm Equipment You Need, Whether You Use Horses or Tractors.
by H. R. Herndon
Table of Contents Topic: Modern vs. Vintage Farming
CONTAINS: A real primer on 1947 corn-belt farm equipment plus some humorous put-downs of early combines.


 

04-10-2012
Larry Paden, Much More than a Banjo Picker from Tuscola, Illinois
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Small Town Restaurants and Entertainment
CONTAINS: Enjoyable background & sound clips of a young [Bluegrass] musician’s styles and instruments.


 

04-03-2012
World War II US Navy Admiral, Marc Mitscher, Between the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway
by Theodore Taylor
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

04-12-2012
World War II US Navy Admiral, Marc Mitscher, the Battle of Midway
by Theodore Taylor
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

04-26-2012
Edison Invents the Phonograph, 1877
by George S. Bryan
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: Young Edison invents and improves the phonograph but it will be years before it's a commercial success.


 

05-03-2012
Raising Chickens and Why You Should Raise Chickens, A 1924 Tutorial
by Clarence Roberts
Table of Contents Topic: Modern vs. Vintage Farming
CONTAINS: Entertaining but really educational … even thought it was written way before you were born.


 

05-08-2012
Staff Sergeant William H. Congleton, 10th Armored Division, US Army
by Chuck Knox
Table of Contents Topic: They Served
CONTAINS: Very illustrious personal account of our 1945 advance into Germany.


 

05-17-2012
The Pioneer Settlement Life Around Sidney Illinois
by Virginia McElroy
Table of Contents Topic: Local Histories, Pictures & Event Archives
CONTAINS: Midwest life before railroads gave convenient transportation to towns. Recollections are from both, personal and social angles. We survived and we also had fun.


 

05-24-2012
George Westinghouse & Crew Develop our Modern Electrical Distribution System – 1886
by I. E. Levine
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: Thomas Edison had recently invented the light bulb, but to power it … how would we get electricity to homes and businesses?


 

06-05-2012
Why Mow? Raise Sheep
by H. R. Herndon
Table of Contents Topic: Modern vs. Vintage Farming
CONTAINS: A 1947 Primer on Choosing, Care and Market Timing.


 

06-07-2012
A Small Fly-In Showcases Fun, Affordable Airplanes
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too


 

06-12-2012
First Lieutenant Maggie Rudolphi, C-17 Transport Pilot
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: They Served
CONTAINS: After making the great decision join the Air Force, her dedication and enjoyment of the experience expanded to her fellow servicemen.


 

06-14-2012
Thomas Edison Proves the Future of the Light Bulb, 1879
by George S. Bryan
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: A story of failure after failure … but persistence pays off.


 

06-21-2012
They Won’t Replace Horses but Automobile Fever Comes to DeLand Illinois, 1908
by Myrta Grace Paugh
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too
CONTAINS: Enjoyable and humorous accounts of the acceptance, joys and problems of operating the first automobiles on the non paved streets of a small town.


 

07-05-2012
Dirt Track Racking Through the Eyes of a [Lady]
by Jackie Wells Jamison
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too


 

07-19-2012
The 1920’s Business of Sport, Baseball, College Football and Boxing.
by Preston William Slosson
Table of Contents Topic: Sporting America
CONTAINS: Our Roaring 1920’s lifestyle is enhanced by the commercialization of sports. The family radio allows the fever to spread.


 

07-24-2012
Fastest Thing on Wheels, the 1898 Stanley Steamer
by M. M. Musselman
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too
CONTAINS: By 1905 a Stanley steam powered racer did 127 miles per hour … although a young man named Henry Ford would beat that.


 

08-07-2012
Raising Cattle for Beef or Milk … A 1947 Primer
by H. R. Herndon
Table of Contents Topic: Modern vs. Vintage Farming
CONTAINS: This writer has character … makes it fun for all of us to understand the farmer’s task of raising cattle.


 

08-16-2012
1890’s Small Town Entertainment: Buy an Instrument and Join a Band.
by Myrta Grace Paugh and Others.
Table of Contents Topic: Small Town Restaurants and Entertainment
CONTAINS: What did we do before electricity? Our authors give us an amusing look at bands … “members were able to make some kind of noise.”


 

08-21-2012
Social Impact of the Automobile From a 1920’s Perspective
by Preston William Slosson
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too
CONTAINS: Truly excellent article written in 1930 explains the way automotive transportation changed our nation.


 

08-23-2012
Raising Profitable Milk Cows … a 1924 Oklahoma Primer
by Clarence Roberts
Table of Contents Topic: Modern vs. Vintage Farming
CONTAINS: I assume all of you want a basic milk cow in your yard. Here’s how to raise them.


 

09-04-2012
A Penniless Thomas Edison Makes Some Money, 1869
by George Bryan
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: Like many a young man, Thomas Edison was often flat broke. This is the story of his breakout.


 

09-06-2012
Detroit 1910 … the Auto Industry, Whiskey Row and Interesting People Produce a Special Flavor
by Norman Beasley
Table of Contents Topic: Local Histories, Pictures & Event Archives
CONTAINS: Using the auto industry as a backdrop, the author creates delightful descriptions of 1910 Detroit by giving stories of many local characters. Really fun reading!


 

09-18-2012
Cyrus Field Pushes for a Telegraph Cable Across the Atlantic 1857-1866
by Roger Burlingame
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: Besides giving us the story of the Atlantic cable, the author gives a great look of how we viewed innovation in the 1860’s.


 

09-20-2012
A Railroad Passing Switch Results in a Town? … Arthur Illinois, 1872
author not stated
Table of Contents Topic: Local Histories, Pictures & Event Archives
CONTAINS: Transportation is the key. A passing track and an access road started the town.


 

10-02-2012
Will Railroads adopt the Westinghouse Air-Brake? … 1870
by I. E. Levine
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: Good salesmanship, a deadly train accident and continued improvements would make his air-brake a success.


 

10-04-2012
Not Easy to Get a Railroad … Newton Illinois, 1870
by Martha Robins
Table of Contents Topic: Local Histories, Pictures & Event Archives
CONTAINS: A realistic look at the finance and construction difficulties of a small town’s first rail service.


 

10-16-2012
Barbed Wire, an American Invention Changes Society in the West, 1874.
by Roger Burlingame
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: Our excellent 1940 author makes the story of barbed wire very interesting by describing less, its simple construction and more, the social transformation of the plains states.


 

10-25-2012
Automobiling Replaces Bicycling For Touring, 1900
by M. M. Musselman
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too
CONTAINS: How to enjoy an automobile in 1900. How to pack, what to wear and how to navigate.


 

11-01-2012
World War One is Over (1918) … Back to Normalcy?
by Fredrick Lewis Allen
Table of Contents Topic: Who We Were, Where We've Been
CONTAINS: The family’s hardships caused by war are over and it's back to the good life but prohibition of alcohol and anti-communist actions highlight a changed society.


 

03-08-2012
Can You Build an Airplane Out of Wood?
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games


 

11-13-2012
Westward Expansion in the 1840’s Texas, California, Oregon … Tainted by Political Friction
by James Truslow Adams
Table of Contents Topic: Who We Were, Where We've Been
CONTAINS: Acquiring Texas and California will be more than a war with Mexico. Acquiring Oregon Country is much smoother.


 

11-22-2012
Birth of the Model T Ford, 1902-1908
by Keith Sward
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too
CONTAINS: Henry Ford had little money … a financier organized the incorporation. Within 5 years Henry found a mass market.


 

08-31-2011
Don Day Autobiography: From Oklahoma Farm Kid before Electricity, through Cold War Air Force, to Agriculture Professor.
by Donald L. Day
Table of Contents Topic: Modern vs. Vintage Farming
CONTAINS: Must Reading! 1930’s rural Oklahoma, daily chores, washing clothes, making soap.


 

08-09-2011
Thompson’s General Store, a Gem From the Past
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Local Business & Small Town Economies
CONTAINS: Heartwarming description of an old fashion charm which we can still experience.


 

09-02-2011
Wagner Machine Company, Parts Made in the USA
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Made in the USA
CONTAINS: Reassurance that passion and persistence helps us produce here in the USA.


 

09-16-2011
Road Racing Through the Eyes of a Somewhat Redneck
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too
CONTAINS: Dumb and dumber humor.


 

07-18-2011
Uncle Boonie’s Got Worms
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Po-Boy Fishing Plus Your Fishing Pics


 

09-28-2011
Merle Lype Captured in the Philippines, 1942
by Chuck Knox
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

09-30-2011
Alvin Decker: A Farmer Turns His Love of Life, Nature and Scenery Into Paintings
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Art forms of a New Country


 

10-14-2011
E. J. “ARMY” ARMSTRONG, Air Force, Europe 1943-1944
by Chuck Knox
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

10-21-2011
Antiques We Used On the Farm
by Alvin Decker
Table of Contents Topic: Po-Boy Vintage/Antiques That Have Meaning To You.


 

11-17-2011
Carrier Pilot, Navy Captain HOWARD H. SKIDMORE, WWII Pacific Theater
by Chuck Knox
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

12-15-2011
My Grandparent’s Photo Album of Their 1946 Move to Rural, South Lincoln Vermont
by Dave Boyd
Table of Contents Topic: Adventure, Discovery, Scenic & Interesting
CONTAINS: Rustic Old Farm Photo's. Great Story of Fulfilling a Dream.


 

01-17-2012
Army Captain James N. Sherrick, Forward Observer WWII Italian Campaign, German POW
by Chuck Knox
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

01-10-2012
Chris Morrow, Traditional Print Ad Illustrator Par Excellence
by Stu Moment
Table of Contents Topic: Create & Innovate Plus Home Made Gifts & Games
CONTAINS: Classic advertising art from the 1950’s to 1980’s plus ad clichés which will make you laugh.


 

01-26-2012
Nathan Wells World War II D-Day, Purple Heart
by Chuck Knox
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

02-28-2012
"Good Ol’ Summer Time in Camargo, Illinois" - Finding History in My Own Back Yard
by Jackie Wells Jamison
Table of Contents Topic: Local Histories, Pictures & Event Archives
CONTAINS: Early 1900's Rural Recreational Gatherings.


 

02-21-2012
Seaman Virginia Churchill Griffith, World War II Naval Intelligence
by Chuck Knox
Table of Contents Topic: They Served


 

02-16-2012
Grow Your Own Groceries: 1924 Guide to Oklahoma Gardening
by Clarence Roberts
Table of Contents Topic: Modern vs. Vintage Farming
CONTAINS: How they did it. Common sense approach to successful gardening.


 

03-01-2012
Death of the Model T. Will Ford Motor Company Survive?
by Keith Sward
Table of Contents Topic: Automotive … Planes and Trains Too