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Vanessa Nirode

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Vanessa is a writer, cyclist, and traveler based in New York City. In her spare time she works as a tailor and pattern maker for film and television. You can follow her on instagram at https://instagram.com/nirodev/

How to Heat Your House with a Wood-burning Stove

During the 1970s, and into the 80s, the United States went through what is known today as the Gas Crisis or the Oil Crisis of 1973. The members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries proclaimed an oil embargo in...

19th Century Recipes for a Hearty Breakfast

When we were young, Mom and Dad used to send my brothers and I to Grandma’s house for a few weeks at a time during the summer. My Grandparents lived on a working dairy farm...

How to Become a Weaver: A Modern Guide to an Old-Timey Trade

Patrick Kline runs Family Heirloom Weavers in Pennsylvania, where he’s been weaving cool stuff for 31 years, following in his father’s footsteps, on old, outdated equipment. The company weaves tapestries, linens, rugs, throws, and curtains. Family...

11 Bizarre Inventions of the 19th Century You’ve Never Heard Of

The 19th Century and Victorian Age (1837-1901) was a period of great technological advancement in transportation, communication, and many other aspects of life. People were inventing things all over the place. Electric light bulbs, motion...

Mind Your Own Bee’s Wax: Old-Timey Sayings Part II

(This is Part II in our series about the meanings of Old-Timey sayings we still use today. Check out Part I here). As I wrote earlier, my Grandparents lived on a working dairy farm during my...

The Well-Appointed Antique Desk: 11 Essential Items

I’ve always been a sucker for stationary stores. So is my Mother. I grew up in a small town in northeast Ohio near Oberlin, where Oberlin College is. Mom and I made many trips...
Old Timey Sayings

What’s the Scuttlebutt? Meanings of Old-Timey Sayings We Still Use Today

(Part 1 in a series about Old-Timey sayings) My Grandparents owned and lived on a working dairy farm outside of Wooster, Ohio. My brothers and I loved to visit as summer days at Grandma’s always...

A Brief History of the Phonograph

And the case for well-loved scratchy records of yore... I grew up in a house filled with music. I count myself extremely lucky in that regard. My parents owned three record players. In the family room...