Friday, February 23, 2018

This Old House

Stripping wallpaper and found this message underneath that was written by Mr. Nag. We’ve been in this old house 32 years now and our dogs, Katie and Dash, though long gone are still loved.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jiff Correspondence Card For Busy Students


Gasoline was initially discarded



Edwin Drake dug the first oil well in Pennsylvania in 1859 and distilled the oil to produce kerosene for lighting. Although other petroleum products, including gasoline, were also produced in the distillation process, Drake had no use for the gasoline and other products, so he discarded them. This was common practice until the invention of the automobile. By 1920, 9 million vehicles powered by gasoline were on the road, and service stations selling gasoline were opening around the country. Today, gasoline is the fuel for nearly all light-duty vehicles in North America.

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Thanks Bruce!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

That's How Every Empire Falls

Steam Powered Dentistry



This sketch of “teeth painlessly extracted by steam power” appears on an envelope addressed to a Dr J. Chapman of Totton, Southampton. It's nice to imagine someone taking the time to decorate  the envelope before it made its way through the Victorian postal system.

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