An Uncommon History of Common Things

Editor/Author Patrick, Bethanne and Thompson, John
Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: National Geographic Society

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0420-3
Category: History - World history
Book Status: Available
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From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, An Uncommon History of Common Things is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • About This Book
  • CHAPTER ONE FOOD & DRINK
  • Daily Fare
  • On the Side
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Sweets
  • Utensils & Containers
  • CHAPTER TWO SEASONS & HOLIDAYS
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • CHAPTER THREE CEREMONY & CUSTOMS
  • Courtesies
  • Weddings
  • Babies
  • Funerals
  • All-American
  • CHAPTER FOUR SYMBOLS & MARKINGS
  • Gestures
  • Signs
  • Superstitions
  • Tributes
  • Hair & Body Marking
  • CHAPTER FIVE HEARTH & HOME
  • Buildings
  • Houses
  • Rooms
  • Elements
  • Appliances
  • Backyard
  • CHAPTER SIX GARMENTS & ACCESSORIES
  • Clothing
  • Underwear
  • Headwear
  • Footwear
  • Fasteners
  • Accessories
  • Laundry
  • CHAPTER SEVEN MEDICATIONS & POTIONS
  • Hygiene
  • Beautification
  • Health
  • First Aid
  • CHAPTER EIGHT TOYS & GAMES
  • Old-fashioned Fun
  • Classic Games
  • Sports
  • Classic Toys
  • Other Pastimes
  • CHAPTER NINE TOOLS & INNOVATIONS
  • Tools
  • Communication
  • Transportation
  • Observation
  • Weapons
  • Medicine
  • Economy
  • Further Reading