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Your search for posts with tags containing Nails found 17 posts

October 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “It is hoped he will meet with the Encouragement of the Public in General, and particularly of all true Lovers of their Country.” Like many other newspapers published...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Oct 2020

Snails in medicine – past and present

By Claire Burridge  A treatment for teary eyes (Ad lacrimas oculorum): Grind together frankincense, mastic, and snails with their shells. Apply to the forehead in laurel leaves in two parts. It is tried and tested. (Tus et mastice et cocleas cum...
From: The Recipes Project on 17 Sep 2020

September 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “It is presumed preference will be given to NAILS manufactured here.” As fall approached in 1770, the nonimportation agreement remained in effect in Boston.  Parliament...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 3 Sep 2020

Snail salves, waters, & syrups

In an old blog post about treating urinary conditions we included a remedy made of snail shells. Mary Fleetwood’s sunburn recipe also contained snail. Snails perhaps because they were easily accessible animal products, were a regular ingredient...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 15 Apr 2020

December 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A Nail Manufactory at the Furnace Hope.” The proprietors of the “Nail Manufactory at the Furnace Hope” placed an employment advertisement in the December...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Dec 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Supplement to the Boston-Gazette (November 20, 1769). “TO BE SOLD BY Harbottle Dorr …” Harbottle Dorr is not a household name today, but Dorr remains well known...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Nov 2019

July 21

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (July 21, 1769). “BOard and Deck NAILS, here manufactur’d.” Noah Parker depended on the public’s familiarity with current events when...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 21 Jul 2019

18th Century Bristol

Many people immediately think of places such as Bath, Harrogate and Cheltenham when thinking about iconic eighteenth-century towns and cities, but Bristol still retains much of its Georgian era heritage. Following a trip to the city recently we thought...
From: All Things Georgian on 10 Apr 2018

Mucus Cure-Alls: Snail Waters and Spa Treatments

By Jennifer Sherman Roberts In a world view that relied on correspondences between macrocosm and microcosm, and in a humoral medical system that utilized similarities between bodily functions and features of the natural world, one can imagine no more...
From: The Recipes Project on 16 Feb 2017

How to Get a Manicure, c. 115

Tacuinum sanitatis (14th c., Biblioteca Casanatense) One who has very ugly nails should smear them with liquid from the little bladder of the bumblebee and tie it with a band. He should do this until they become beautiful. Hildegard of Bingen,...
From: Ask the Past on 29 Dec 2015

May 2014

I should have posted this ages ago but it’s better late than never, I suppose! Although this blog will still retain its emphasis on women’s history, I also really enjoy sharing more about my actual real life here too so am going to post a...
From: Madame Guillotine on 30 Jun 2014

The Hand of History: Hands, fingers and nails in the eighteenth century

Firstly, apologies for the hiatus from the blog; it’s proving to be a busy summer, and this is my first post as a BBC/AHRC ‘New Generation Thinker’ – no pressure then! I’ve now started work on my second book, which relates to...
From: DrAlun on 13 Jun 2014

How to Make Snail Bread, 1685

Joachim Camerarius, Symbolorum et Emblematum 4 (1604)"A sort of Bread, of which a Mouthful can maintain a Man eight daies, without eating any thing else. Take a quantity of Snails, and make them void their sliminess; then dry and reduce them...
From: Ask the Past on 31 Mar 2014

Book Review: Benjamin Martin’s Micrographia Nova

When Benjamin Martin’s Micrographia Nova appeared in 1742, he was still an itinerant lecturer, and the book was published in Reading. The early 1740s saw rising interest in microscopes and their use as a means of enhancing optical perception and...
From: Kirby and his world on 3 Jan 2014

Snails and Serendipity

  So much of extending my historical knowledge has depended on serendipity. This week I was in London for a meeting and hoping to be able to visit the Tate afterwards. However the meeting over-ran and, because it was closer to St Pancras where I...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 30 Nov 2013

To Every man A Gimlet.

To every Man, A Watch-Coat,                           A Musket and Bayonet,                          ...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 14 Apr 2013

“And it is a marvellous thing”: The Lighter Side of Magic

By Laura Mitchell In my last post I discussed the line between healing charms and recipes in fifteenth-century recipe collections and how the line between charm and recipe could blur. Healing charms, however, are obviously not the only kind of charm that...
From: The Recipes Project on 23 Oct 2012

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.