Military Hygiene for Revolutionary War Troops© – By: Victoria Brady

A description of General Washington during the war was published in 1823 which coincides with what was expected from his troops. “His dress. being suited to the road, was simple and plain, but such as was worn by the higher class of his countrymen: he wore his own hair, dressed in a manner that gaveContinue reading “Military Hygiene for Revolutionary War Troops© – By: Victoria Brady”

GATHERING BASKETS: Description and Function©

Eighteenth century farmers understood basket-making and it formed part of his occupation in winter evenings. Due to the availability of purchased materials and baskets this practice was of less importance by the 1840s although it was still recommended every gardener, forester, and woodman understand how to make a basket. Eighteenth century farmers often maintained theirContinue reading “GATHERING BASKETS: Description and Function©”

APRONS As a Fashion Statement©

Those of us of a “certain age” know aprons as a sometimes pretty, but basically utilitarian, item of clothing meant to keep the dress underneath clean. Aprons stood laundering better than period dresses and there were thousands of these worn in earlier centuries. There were, however, some aprons that were strictly made and worn asContinue reading “APRONS As a Fashion Statement©”

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, CRAFTS, TRADES, & EMPLOYMENTS©

I started a simple compilation of trades from the 18th century with the intention of explaining them in blog articles for the use of anyone who wants to create a first person character; however, I am such a diligent (compulsive) researcher this treatise quickly surpassed 170 pages and continues to grow. This will be farContinue reading “EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, CRAFTS, TRADES, & EMPLOYMENTS©”

The Hair-Dresser: and Modes of Wearing the Hair© By: Victoria Brady

(This is part of our series of articles on pre/post Rev War occupations. Men had trades before the war and they returned to them after independence was won.) The hair-dresser cut and dressed hair for both ladies and gentlemen, made wigs and hair pieces, created braids, and in some cases was also skilled in shaving.Continue reading “The Hair-Dresser: and Modes of Wearing the Hair© By: Victoria Brady”

A Brief Look at 18th Century Apothecaries© – Victoria Brady

(Part of a series of articles on 18th century professions as were practiced before and after the Revolutionary War.  Men had professions before they became soldiers to fight for independence and they planned to resume that work afterward.) Apothecaries have been around since antiquity probably gaining little in knowledge prior to the 18th century. AnContinue reading “A Brief Look at 18th Century Apothecaries© – Victoria Brady”

Medical Care in Colonial America©

“The Apothecary”, Frans van Mieris, 1714. In the early days of New England medicine, the clergy often administered physical care as well as tending the spirit and at least two eastern governors saw to the physic of the local citizenry. Gov. Winthrop of Connecticut and New Haven was, per Cotton Mather, “furnished with noble medicines,Continue reading “Medical Care in Colonial America©”

ALSSAR District Meeting

Martin speaking with a fellow SAR member in Birmingham February 22, 2020.  We shared items from his kit, clothing, books and sources, &c with attendees at the Alabama Society Sons of the American Revolution Southern district meeting conference and made new friends in the process.  Photo credit for this image goes to Travis Parker.

Men’s 18th Century Shirts

A man’s shirt was a series of rectangles cut or torn from fabric and stitched together much like the illustration below.  Linen was a common fabric and the fineness of the weave determined the cost, thus those of lesser means had shirts of coarser linen and gentlemen purchased a finer quality.  Cotton and wool wereContinue reading “Men’s 18th Century Shirts”