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Saturday, February 22, 2014

1800's Trivia Quiz

Family living near Broken Bow, NE 1888.  Used with permission Nebraska Historical Society
Well, it's been a busy week working on new designs, filling orders, and the usual.  Not anything fun to blog about right now, but I always find some fun stuff from the nineteenth century to share with you.  How about a quiz?  

1800's Trivia

There were names and phrases pertaining to objects or activities used in everyday life in the 1700 & 1800's that are now obsolete.  I'm wondering if you'll know the answer to some of these questions.  It's interesting, if nothing else!   Ponder the meaning of the following words and I'll tell you what they really were in my next post.  No fair Googling the answers!!

In the nineteenth century, what was the meaning of.........

1).  By hook and crook

2).  A Grike

3).  Made by Cat and Clay

4).  A Trunnel

5).  A Summer Cloth

Fun stuff!  Answers in my next post.  Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Oh how fun. I love historical trivia. 'Never heard some of those expressions. Looking forward to hearing their meanings :)

  2. I don't have any answers, but I'll be back for those. I think it's really interesting that of all the household items they could included in the photo, they have the sewing machine! How important was it, you think? Love this old picture, thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome photo! I've only ever heard of By Hook or By Crook - it's something my grandfather wrote in my Autograph Book (remember those?!)... by hook or by crook I'll be last in your book..... I've always guessed it means something like by one way or another, or an expression of determination.

  4. I used to volunteer at a heritage center as a re-enactor of pioneer life and read a lot of stuff from and about that era. I thought I would know these, but I can only join Raewyn with my understanding of the first one. Curious to see the answers!

  5. Love your picture at the top...such a simpler time where the important things to a family was a team of mules to make food for the family and a sewing machine to clothe them!! I think we often lose sight of what life really means sometimes... and I am a farmer myself!

    1. And I just noticed another Marcotte had commented and we don't even know each other!!I live in Canada!!

  6. I love the old photo, weren't the sewing machines a real family keepsake & something treasured that they featured in their family photo's!
    I have never heard of any of those sayings, I look forward to your next post.

  7. Oh the old photo is fantastic. I always think of that time in history as simpler and easier as far as values and family but certainly fetching water from a creek was hard work. Can you imagine quilting by candle light? The only phrase on you're list I've heard of is By hook and crook. I guess it means to get something one way or another? By catching it or stealing it? I'm curious what a summer cloth will be. A picnic quilt or summer tablecloth perhaps? Or light weight fabric for summer clothes?

  8. I love the old photo, as well as the one in your header. Have you read: "Home on the Plains: Quilts and the Sod House Experience" by Stephanie Grace Whitson and Kathleen L. Moore? Stephanie came and spoke to our Guild about the Sod House Experience - she gave a slide presentation on the Sod House Experience - loved looking in the windows and doorways of the actual sod houses and seeing the quilts inside. Am looking forward to your answers to the meanings of these historic names and phrases. HUGS... and stitches