Nice article in the UK Daily Mail about a couple old books from the 1800s providing what are now called “Life Hacks” or in more traditional terminology… practical advice for daily life.

Both of the books mentioned are in the New Additions Category on the Survivor Library site.

There’s a minor error in the article in that the The United States Practical Receipt Book was actually published in 1844 and not 1884. Perhaps there is a later edition than the one one we have but the link they have posted in their article is also to the 1844 edition so I suspect it is a simply typo…. not that I have EVER committed such a typorgaphical error myself.

Always interesting it have such an insight into the lives of our forebears and to realize that their day to day concerns were not really that much different from ours.

The Librarian

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