Patron+ GOOD OLE DAYS – Mixing paste for wallpaper hanging – 1894 recipe


(Excerpt from The Courtland Enterprise, Courtland, Alabama, February 15, 1894)

First heat water to boiling, then add flour, with constant stirring; to prevent the formation of lumps, the flour may be passed through a sieve so as to insure (sic) its more equable distribution. (continued below)

Agitation is continued until the heat has rendered the mass of the desired consistency, and after a few moments further boiling it is ready for use.

In order to increase the strength, powdered resin in the proportion of one-sixth to one-fourth weight of the flour is added. To prevent its souring, oil of cloves or a few drops of carbolic acid are added.

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Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past

This book is a compilation of some of the funny and helpful tips from our past history. Some recipes and tips date back to 1770s. One or two sound a little dangerous and I would never try them myself, but I’ve included then in this book for their humorous and historical value. A few are useful, especially for our ‘green’ society today

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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