Back in the Day: 101 Things Everyone Used to Know How to Do

Back in the Day: 101 Things Everyone Used to Know How to Do

by Michael Powell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454910701
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 942,281
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


How to...
Use A Bow And Arrow     8
Load And Fire A Musket     10
Duel With Pistols     12
Joust     14
Throw A Battleax     16
Forge A Sword     18
Fight With A Rapier And Dagger     20
Besiege A Castle     22
Defend A Castle     24
Make And Smoke A Peace Pipe     26
Make A Flint Cutting Tool     28
Brew Mead     30
Make Bread     32
Roast Chestnuts On An Open Fire     34
Make Hard Cheese     36
Make Butter     38
Make Ice Cream     40
Keep Bees And Harvest Honey     42
Tap And Make Maple Syrup     44
Find Berries In The Wild     46
Can Food     48
Archery Fish     50
Gut And Clean Fish     51
Keep Chickens     52
Pluck A Chicken     54
Roast A Wild Boar     56
Cook On A Range     57
Dig And Use A Pit Oven     58
Make A Fire Without Matches     60
Track Animals     62
Forecast The Weather     64
Tease, Card, & Spin Wool     66
Make Natural Dye From Plants     68
Weave A Chair Seat     70
Weave A Basket     72
Make Soap     74
Make A Broom     76
Sweep A Chimney     78
Chop Down A Tree With An Ax     80
Carve A Totem Pole     82
Carve A Canoe     84
Make A Barrel     86
Thatch A Roof     88
Build A Wall With Wattle And Daub     90
Build A Dry Stone Wall     92
Dig A Well     94
Plow A Field     96
Build A Log Bridge     97
Build A Log Cabin     98
Build A Pyramid     100
Embalm A Body     102
Treat A Battle Wound     104
Set Broken Bones     106
Groom A Horse     108
Shoe A Horse     110
Mount And Dismount A Horse     112
Make And Throw A Lasso     114
Milk A Cow     116
Hunt Deer Safely In Woodlands     117
Mount A Stag's Head     118
Shear A Sheep     120
Care For Rope     122
Tie A Hangman's Noose     124
Read Roman Numerals      125
Use An Abacus     126
Operate A Telegraph Machine     128
Send Smoke Signals     130
Cure People With Leeches And Maggots     131
Read Palms     133
Behave At A Medieval Banquet     136
Read A Coat Of Arms     138
Address Royalty     140
Grow Herbs     142
Use Herbs In Your Personal Grooming     144
Care For Leather Boots     146
Wear Opera Gloves     148
Wear A Roman Toga     149
Wash Clothes By Hand     150
Care For Your Period Wig     151
Play Hopscotch     152
Play Jacks     154
Use A Hula Hoop     156
Play Marbles     157
Play Real Tennis     158
Play Stickball     160
Make A Pair Of Shoes     162
Make A Hammock     164
Make A Quill Pen     166
Make Papyrus     167
Write A Sonnet     168
Write Calligraphy     170
Understand Opera     172
Make A Corn-Husk Doll     174
Make And Play A Didgeridoo     176
Ride A Penny-Farthing      178
Make A Cave Painting     180
Make A Roman Mosaic     182
Pan For Gold     184
Clean And Polish Silver     186
Blow Glass     188
Make A Stained-Glass Window     190

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Back in the Day: 101 Things Everyone Used to Know How to Do 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
carterchristian1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While I agree with reviewer Andersonden, I would also add that this is a great view of history of theworld.
andersonden on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Though I found the concept interesting the subtitle is a bit misleading; many of the activities described herein would not be things everyone used to know how to do - even in the cultures from which they came. Often knowledge of particular tasks is specialized (or class based) and so it is with many included here. One wonders if the authors are really trying for a subtle humorous effect, if so, they fall a bit off of the mark.
GisMom More than 1 year ago
"Back in the Day" is just delightful. Some of the directions are just for fun for most of us city folks, but others like bread making are great! I wish I had had a copy when my children were little. Anyone delving into the 101 topics will find something of interest! Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is more for a man or a young boy!!! I am not trying to be sexist I have read the first few chapters and its all about how to use weaponary. I am going to continue to read on however, because I may find something to interest me. The facts and writing style are good and if you like the topics I would reccommend purchase.
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TrueTrentonGirl More than 1 year ago
I don't know that I could use it on a desert island, but it would come in handy on a farm, in the woods, or 90 years ago, or for a dozen different scenarios...some things I already knew how to do (surprised the heck out of me!). It was a lot of fun to read.
Kief More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a "pass along" gift for the guys in my family. My 80-year-old dad had it for a few weeks, passed it to one brother, who passed it along to another, and along to the grandsons and nieces and nephews. It has added a great deal to family conversations about the technological changes over the last 100 years and how common knowledge has changed from one generation to the next.

This is a book you won't read from cover to cover, but pick up off the table and read a few pages, and discuss for days after with friends and family. Fascinating information!