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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Colonial Women Not Combustible

J. L. Bell at Boston 1775 says that colonial women didn't catch on fire as easily as one might think.

I have a pet theory that the danger of open cooking fires was played up in the 19th century by people with a financial incentive to do so: stove manufacturers. But like so many pet theories, I don’t have any evidence to back it up.

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