Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Civil War Medicine Chest


Here is a Civil War medicine chest similar to the one that my character, Kate, in The Battlefield Bride, receives as a gift from General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Note all the nooks and crannies for medicine bottles and vials, the mortar and pestle for compounding medicine, and what looks to be an antique stethoscope or possibly an enema tube.

In the story, Kate uses a drug named 'calomel' to stop thieves stealing sweets from her hospital kitchen with excellent results!


Medicine chest images and content used with permission from the Bangor Historical Society of Maine.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

ellis island

Fascinating photographs from Ellis Island

I came across this article in the Washington Post this week, with absolutely amazing photos of immigrants in their native dress, coming through Ellis Island in New York in the early 20th century. 

The differences are spectacular and leaves one to imagine how all the different variances arose. 

Click on the above link and enjoy.