The Virtues of Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea

This wonderful little piece comes from Slate in the Vault blog.  It's a great broadside advertisement from a 1690 coffeehouse entrepreneur claiming the benefits of our now most commonly used drug on Earth, caffeine.  Coffee was known in Europe but new as a common drink and still a bit suspect since it came from Arabia … Continue reading The Virtues of Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea

More Classic Camp Gear from the American West

I have no information about this image as it was one of those random internet finds.  The gear looks to be from about the turn of the 19th-20th Century and supplies the basics for an American or Canadian outdoorsman.  This would all apply to Mexico as well but as it's not written in Spanish I … Continue reading More Classic Camp Gear from the American West

Marketing to the Caravan Craze: Caravan Case and Contour Books

 Presenting the traveling requisites; a caravan case and road-grade book. Advertisement for a lightweight but implicitly tough (it is sole leather after all) suitcase or light trunk for the traveler.   Road grade books were very handy in the days of principally human and animal power.  If you are cycling cross-country or pulling and immense … Continue reading Marketing to the Caravan Craze: Caravan Case and Contour Books

Lightening my load

About an addiction I didn't even realize I had. It seems that minimalism is the word du jour around the internet these days.  Tiny houses, the 100 Thing Challenge, Non-Conformist work strategies, and urban homesteaders are filling blog-space with ideas and adventures outside the old consumerist norm.  Many people are looking for something more in … Continue reading Lightening my load

Union made

Reposted: Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible? 1.Weekends without work 2.All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks 3.Paid vacation 4.Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 5.Sick leave 6.Social Security 7.Minimum wage 8.Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination 9.8-hour work day 10.Overtime pay 11.Child labor laws 12.Occupational … Continue reading Union made