100 Years Ago: Cleaning House

When I was younger, I developed a slight obsession with housekeeping. Oh, not with actually cleaning my house, but with reading books and manuals about cleaning! This started when I was still in my teen years, and I discovered a book called The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton, which taught its readers to clean a room by … Continue reading 100 Years Ago: Cleaning House

New Year’s, Bigfoot, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

I guess I've always had a thing for sleuthing. When I was nine, my best friend and I formed a Mystery Club. We were convinced that Bigfoot prowled around our neighborhood at night. With notebooks in hand, we inspected the fields and tree rows near our houses and wrote down anything that looked suspicious. Once, we … Continue reading New Year’s, Bigfoot, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

This Month 100 Years Ago…

In October 2017, two of my grandparents weren't born yet. The others were children. My great-grandparents were still very young...at least four of them were still in high school. So much was happening in the world. World War I was raging, and America had only entered it about six months earlier. My Grandpa Great fought … Continue reading This Month 100 Years Ago…

Popular Baby Names in Classic Literature

According to the most recent data from the Social Security Administration, new parents are choosing names once prominent from the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Here are some well-known female characters and writers from literature and their name rankings from the current decade (2010-2019 so far): Emma (ranked #2) -This name is popular in … Continue reading Popular Baby Names in Classic Literature

Welcome! The Best Book I Have Read This Year…

The vintageinkstand is a personal blog merging two of my biggest passions--reading and all things historical and vintage. From biographies to handwritten recipes to household hints of the early 1900s, from diaries to journals to my great-grandmother's letters, I hope to share my latest findings, oldest dear friends (and my books are friends), interesting blurbs, and reviews of … Continue reading Welcome! The Best Book I Have Read This Year…