“Before the technology or infrastructure was available to transport logs by truck, log drivers would float and guide them down rivers from logging sites to processing areas.”
“Purple was a color of royal designation and the only way to make the dye long ago was to collect mass amounts of snails, crush them, and boil them in lead pots in a laborious, disgusting-smelling process.”
“Before photocopiers were even a thought many documents had to be copied very carefully and exactly over to another sheet of paper by hand.
If someone asked me to do that job, I’d probably have to tell them that I’d prefer not to”
“Back in the day people needed urine for various purposes, like making textiles and clothes. There was a person whose job was to go from house to house and collect people’s urine.”
“Organs were once pumped by hand. Now, push a button and the organ blower gets turned on to supply steady wind to the pipes.”
“She had a silver watch which she set from Greenwich every morning, and sold to a variety of regular customers who needed to know the time accurately, as well as walk-up customers. She retired in 1940.”