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  1. The Best Questions... or, the Anti-Goofy Question Thread

    So... we've exclaimed the perceived ignorance of the folks with whom we share history by making fun of their questions and reactions.

    Let's try something new...
    Share a question, reaction,...
  2. Bump, Bump. :-) You haven't missed your...

    Bump, Bump. :-)

    You haven't missed your chance! We need YOU! to portray a hospital patient.

    Please visit the group on FaceBook or email for more information...
  3. And further proof such drinks were actually...

    And further proof such drinks were actually enjoyed (at least by men):
    http://menus.nypl.org/menu_pages/30614

    That should be a menu from Mart Ackerman's Saloon, Toronto, January 1856
  4. Sounds like a trouser fitting issue. Are you sure...

    Sounds like a trouser fitting issue. Are you sure they fit as they should?
  5. For most of that event, you would be correct....

    For most of that event, you would be correct. Bringing together this many folks with a specialized impression means they want to chat each other up "after hours" to compare resources, network, etc....
  6. Bringing this to the top, please. :-) This...

    Bringing this to the top, please. :-)

    This will be a fun event, though we do take history seriously. This is an important story to tell and we need your help to tell it. Please consider this event.
  7. Based on compilations of the census, those who...

    Based on compilations of the census, those who made it to age 20 were very likely to make ages 70+. The median is thrown by the higher infant and child mortality rates.
    In an age before "Obligatory...
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    General beeswax is used in amputation surgery to...

    General beeswax is used in amputation surgery to stop the marrow from draining out of the bone onto the floor.
    Sealing wax might be substituted in a dire pinch.. but would not be regular practice....
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    The use of "citizen's clothing" to enable...

    The use of "citizen's clothing" to enable desertion and passing as a spy was exactly the reason suits of clothing were deemed unacceptable. Also, they wanted to encourage the wearing of uniforms and...
  10. He seems to be wearing... A woven check shirt A...

    He seems to be wearing...
    A woven check shirt
    A Waistcoat in a light blue-grey color, probably wool or silk
    A pair of butternut/yellow-ish jean trousers
    A "round" coat of a dark blue-grey color...
  11. Several of the gentlemen formerly active are...

    Several of the gentlemen formerly active are taking a break from re-enacting to focus on their families and other interests. They can be reached via e-mail. If you need a specific e-mail address for...
  12. Many of the "passionate" military re-enactors...

    Many of the "passionate" military re-enactors have a keen sense of the man inside the uniform and beyond the military scope. I'm sure as the 150th winds down and the chatter about the great civilian...
  13. Certainly Ipecac had been discovered... The...

    Certainly Ipecac had been discovered...

    The general idea was to purge the system of everything and then treat what was left. Ipecac does wonders for making one vomit. It does nothing for breaking...
  14. The individual symptoms would be treated...

    The individual symptoms would be treated separately.

    So...
    For headache/muscle aches... dover's powders or paragoric
    For fever... quinine or cinchona tea
    For cough... syrup of squills or hard...
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    Plenty of "good" vendors have been known to be...

    Plenty of "good" vendors have been known to be wrong upon occasion...and behind on the research. It is impossible to have seen every example of an item. And every so often we get the joys of a...
  16. Bump, Bump, Bump

    Bump, Bump, Bump
  17. Gently Used Shirt, Vest, and Dress looking for a new body

    Carefully Renovated Red Vest: approx. 38" in chest, no more than 32" in waist. In true 19th century fashion, this handsome red vest has been "turned" to make full use of the fabric resulting in some...
  18. I regret a coupla loans to a certain person......

    I regret a coupla loans to a certain person... because several years later the items have still not been returned.

    If it's unclear whether the item is a gift or loan... ASK for CLARIFICATION.
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    Here's how you do it... Find some fairgrounds...

    Here's how you do it...

    Find some fairgrounds with a minimum of modern intrusions. Gather your friends together. Pick a year. Assign one "booth" for the baking contest sponsored by Big Name Flour...
  20. Follows are the contact links from her profile...

    Follows are the contact links from her profile associated with a recent advertisement she placed here for a re-enactment accustomed goat.
    I found the posting again by putting "goat" in the search...
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    They came in four sizes... but up to size seven...

    They came in four sizes... but up to size seven and extra-tall could be ordered from QM further up the command chain.

    ..and these were worn by men who were accustomed to clothing that "fit" from...
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    By the mid 19th century, tailoring was a larger...

    By the mid 19th century, tailoring was a larger enterprise consisting of several artisans performing different tasks.

    Tailor (almost always an adult man)- owner and name on the business... the Man...
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    Thimbles were different shapes and materials...

    Thimbles were different shapes and materials based on the type of sewing you are doing. Metal loops without the tip are used by tailors who need to keep the tips free. Metal ones with fingertips are...
  24. Perhaps it wasn't the Done Thing to quiz someone...

    Perhaps it wasn't the Done Thing to quiz someone about the past... but someone volunteering a memory based on previous experience that leads to a memory of your own and then to further conversation...
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    If you are on FaceBook, you might post a request...

    If you are on FaceBook, you might post a request for used shoes to the following groups: "19th Century Re-enactment Civilian Clothing Exchange," "Trading Authenticity," "Re-enacting Families," "Civil...
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