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7 Reasons to Buy Old Cookbooks

I keep my eye out for old cookbooks when I go to thrift stores or garage sales. They are part of the books we keep on hand for reference material and for other reasons too. And by “old,” I mean cookbooks from the early 1980s or earlier. 7 Reasons to buy old cookbooks 1. Cooking without a microwave Microwaves didn’t become household items until the mid-1970s, according to the IEEE Global History Network. If the power ever goes out for any …

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65 Pieces of Survival Wisdom From the Great Depression

It was the best of times, it was the very worst of times. America’s Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of starvation and subsistence survival for many families. Decades later, many survivors of those years hold on to the survival lessons they learned, from hoarding pieces of aluminum foil to eating lettuce leaves with a sprinkle of sugar. Frugality meant survival. Today, most of us aren’t living quite the same bare-bones lifestyle of the Great Depression, and photos …

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25 Ways People Earned Money During the Great Depression

In a previous career, I was a history teacher, and I’ve always loved learning about the past and gleaning whatever wisdom I can from the words and actions of others. A couple of years ago I found an excellent book with dozens of first-person accounts from the Great Depression, We Had Everything But Money. I’ve spent hours reading through anecdotes, touching, humorous, and poignant, and one thing that struck me was the ingenuity of the Americans who lived through those tough times. …

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