Monday, August 29, 2011
Of cabbages and kings . . . .
For some strange reason, that stanza from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass always pops into my head whenever I am doing research. Perhaps it is because I begin looking for one thing, which in turn leads to looking at something else, and then again at yet something totally unrelated. Or, so it would seem.
The 1890's were a time of transition. The early 1900's was a time of lightning-fast changes. And all of this was much more evident in a place like the Territory of New Mexico than one could imagine. Especially in southern New Mexico.
Anyway, I digress. My adventure in researching this afternoon and evening led to more than a few fascinating discoveries.
Did you know that the lowly file folder has been around for over 130 years? Go to the Early Office Museum and look at the 1876 Centennial Expo page.
Did you know that during the 1890's Americans went bananas for board games? Go to this charming website and discover how many games we play today were being played then.
Do you know who wrote the bible of card games? Go to this link and read all about it.
I'll say it again -- research is fun!