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Waterside in 18C America

American Fireboard, 1790 Comtemplation by the Shore Probably Massachusetts Artist Unknown
From: 18th-century American Women on 6 Apr 2020

Pass Ye Remote: A Quest for Early Modern Entertainment Through Online Learning Resources

Welcome to Elizabethan England via the digital world! We’re lucky to have a range of exciting and innovative online resources at our disposal that make it possible to explore the entertainment and cultural activities of early modern England through...
From: Before Shakespeare on 16 Mar 2020

Philosophical recreations, or, Winter amusements

Author: Badcock, John, active 1816-1830. Title: Philosophical recreations, or, Winter amusements: a collection of entertaining & surprising experiments in mechanics, arithmetic, optics, hydrostatics, hydraulics, pneumatics, electricity,...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 25 Mar 2019

Fort Davidson 18th Century Market.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 19 Apr 2018

The man of pleasure’s pocket-book

With an engraved frontispiece showing two fashionably dressed couples walking in a park: The most elegant desses upon the Ton / Dighton del. ; Cook sculp. Title: The man of pleasure’s pocket-book, or, The bon vivant’s vdde mecum, for...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 11 Jul 2017

Noel on Exercise for Scholars, 22 Feb.

On Wednesday, 22 February, Rebecca Noel will speak on the topic “Beware the Chair: The Medieval Roots of School Exercise…and Your Standing Desk” at the historical society in Plymouth, New Hampshire. So what should we be worried about?...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Feb 2017

Lewis Carroll’s “Eligible Apartments”

Arthur B. Frost’s illustration of Balbus, his aunt, and the dragon they are trying to convince from Lewis Carroll’s “Eligible Apartments,” Knot 2 from his A Tangled Tale (1889) from Haverford’s Special Collections.Between...
From: Darin Hayton on 15 Dec 2016

Lucy Knox, Mistress of the Chess Board

On 24 Aug 1788, Lucy Knox wrote to her husband Henry from Trenton about having recently beaten Gouverneur Morris at chess. That game might have been good preparation for Morris’s travel later that year to France, where chess could mean so much more....
From: Boston 1775 on 10 Oct 2016

Why Firearms Restrictions?

Why Firearms Restrictions? ·      Terrorism ·      Crime ·      Suicides Do restrictions on law abiding licensed firearms owners do anything to stop...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 25 Dec 2015

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Australian Government Tries To Block The Velvet Re...

It is vitally important to all Australians that we all join & back the Velvet Revolution, which is taking place in all major cities in Australia on the 10/7/2015. The Australian Government is illegal & corrupt, & is trying to block Velvet...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 18 Jun 2015

How to Make a Snowman, 1895

"The first process in this, as in all large constructions in snow, is to roll up large snowballs; two large ones are wanted for the body, and one of lesser dimensions for the head... Having selected a suitable site, one of the great snowballs must be...
From: Ask the Past on 28 Jan 2015

Luther Little’s Low Point

Luther Little (1756-1842) was an American naval officer during the War for Independence. He was a lieutenant on the Protector, a Massachusetts ship that was captured by the Royal Navy in 1781.Little escaped captivity, however, because he’d been assigned...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Jul 2014

Toys for the Custis Children

As I described yesterday, a number of recent publications have included a list of toys that George Washington supposedly ordered for his new stepchildren, Jacky and Patsy, on his first Christmas with them in 1759. But no such list appears in The Papers...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Dec 2013

Christmas Shopping with George Washington?

This month HistoryTube shared a heart-warming glimpse of George Washington, the just-retired young colonel of the Virginia forces, as a new stepfather:In 1759 George and Martha Washington spent their first Christmas together at Mount Vernon. They had...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Dec 2013

“They continued playing several hours”

The image above was the only signature of John Hancock that I was studying last night.In the spirit of that activity, I’m pointing to a B.B.C. item from June repeating a report from the 19 Sept 1749 Whitehall Evening Post of England:On Tuesday last,...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Aug 2013

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.