An object that has been intentionally made for a specific purpose. A handmade object, as a tool, or the remains of one, as a shard of pottery, characteristic of an earlier time or cultural stage, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation.
Bathtub Gin
Bathtub gin refers to homemade liquor during the 1930’s prohibition era; it was made with cheap grain alcohol, water and flavorings such as juniper berry juice.
Blue Snow
Deep, thick snow: “It takes an appreciable thickness of pure ice to absorb enough red light so that only the blue is transmitted” – “Blue Snow and Ice”, Article #773, Larry Gedney, Geophysical Institute @ University of Alaska Fairbanks
Bromide compounds, especially potassium bromide were frequently used as sedatives in the 19th and early 20th century.
Claptrap has origins in 18th century theatre slang. Meaning a cheap trick – a “line or speech in a play shamelessly designed to elicit applause from the audience”. By the 19th century, its meaning had broadened to mean nonsense or silly rubbish – Source: The Word Detective, September 2009.
A 19th century term describing a broad range of mental and emotional deficiencies; carried a negative meaning.
Fugue State
An altered state of consciousness in which a person may move about purposely and even speak but is not fully aware. A fugue state is usually a type of complex partial seizure.
Medical treatment that involves the use of water for pain relief and other illnesses
A design pressed or recessed into the surface of a coin or paper. It has been observed that, depending on the angle of light falling on the negative form of an intaglio, visual depth can become reversed and the negative form can take on a positive, or convex, appearance.
Parkinson's Disease
A degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
An old-fashioned name for the element mercury.
Often referred to as a shrine, is a container for objects of religious or spiritual significance. It can be a box, or a carved out piece of stone; it can be very personal, or public. The word relic comes from the Latin, reliquiae, meaning “remains”.
Saturday Evening Post
Currently a bimonthly American magazine, it was published weekly from 1897 until 1969,
A disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C.
Susan B. Anthony and Betsy Ross
Susan B. Anthony played a prominent role in the 19th century women’s civil rights movement; Betsy Ross supported the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and has been credited with making the first American flag although there is no historical evidence to support this story.