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11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Donít
ancestry.com ^ | 6-2-14

Posted on 06/02/2014 3:35:50 AM PDT by kingattax

Our parents and grandparents may shake their heads every time we grab our smart phones to get turn-by-turn directions or calculate the tip.

But when it comes to life skills, our great-grandparents have us all beat. Here are some skills our great-grandparents had 90 years ago that most of us don’t.

1. Courting

While your parents and grandparents didn’t have the option to ask someone out on a date via text message, it’s highly likely that your great-grandparents didn’t have the option of dating at all.

Until well into the 1920s, modern dating didn’t really exist. A gentleman would court a young lady by asking her or her parents for permission to call on the family.

The potential couple would have a formal visit — with at least one parent chaperone present — and the man would leave a calling card. If the parents and young lady were impressed, he’d be invited back again and that would be the start of their romance.

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1 posted on 06/02/2014 3:35:51 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

They had MORALS.


2 posted on 06/02/2014 3:40:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: kingattax

Not having writing material cheaply available, they had better memories. Not having TV they had longer attention spans.

They knew fewer people and had better attachments to them. They had a sense of community and knew their neighbors.

They knew how and when to fight.


3 posted on 06/02/2014 3:44:51 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Ann Archy
They had MORALS.

I read once that 1/3 of all Revolution-era marriages were to pregnant brides. Their morals may not have been much better than ours, but their willingness to accept responsibility for their actions was evidently much greater.

4 posted on 06/02/2014 3:46:12 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Gen.Blather

excellent comments.


5 posted on 06/02/2014 3:46:52 AM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: kingattax

I’m 70. Except for making lace...I’ve done all those things....and I’m female.


6 posted on 06/02/2014 3:52:09 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: kingattax
Pen and ink....When I was in school in the late 40's, the quill had been replaced by the scratchy nibs.

Yes...every desk had an inkwell and we learned to write beautiful script in the second grade.

It was part of our lessons...writing essays or our spelling words or writing "I will not talk in class".....100 times.

7 posted on 06/02/2014 3:55:30 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: kingattax

What disposable diapers in the 1930s? My children were born between 1960 and 1965, and there were NO disposable diapers that worked. We “wore out” 9 dozen cloth diapers for 4 children. They saw the end of their useful lives as shoe shine cloths and furniture polishers.


8 posted on 06/02/2014 3:55:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: kingattax

There was plenty of “behind the barn” stuff going on.


9 posted on 06/02/2014 3:56:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: afraidfortherepublic
My first born was in 1963. I tested disposable diapers for a company....kinda like 10 paper towels pasted together. Awful. Went back to my cotton diapers and hanging them in the sunshine.

Dust rags...Yes....now I have to use my old socks.

10 posted on 06/02/2014 4:00:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

We were not issued ink until the 6th grade which is when we substitued the pen with the removable nib for the pencil. Each desk had an inkwell, and we were required to bring a home-made “pen wiper” at the start of school in September.

The boys just put a couple of rags on a string, but the girls carefully crafted pen wipers that had lacy and beribboned covers. By the time we got to 7th grade we used ball point pens, but we all had to go through 1 year of struggling with real ink and a pen.

Furthermore, In my first office job we were all issued pens and their own inkwells/stands. These were fancier than the pens we used in 6th grade and could be filled with a little suction device, like a fountain pen. I think they were made by Cross, or one of the famous pen companies.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 4:02:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Sacajaweau

We drove across country when my oldest was just 4 weeks old in 1960, and we tried to use disposable diapers for the trip. Everything just poured out the side — they weren’t absorbant at all. My husband went down to a drug store on a stop and bought a package of Kotex and placed a pad inside each disposable diaper — worked great.


12 posted on 06/02/2014 4:07:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: kingattax

Of course, the reason most today don’t possess those skills is because there’s no demand.

Making lace? I know several people who do. It’s a hobby now, because the everyday demand isn’t there.

Calligraphy? Again, several hobbyists. It might look beautiful, but it’s painstakingly slow, can be messy, is costly, and there are easier ways to write a letter now.

And that brings up writing a letter to begin with. Now that the Post Office has said that the ~400 bulk/junk mailers they do business with are far more important than your first-class mail, why would anyone bother to use them? There are faster, cleaner, and more-interactive ways to communicate.

There are still PLENTY of people out there who know hunting/fishing, butchering, and field-dressing, at least in the free areas outside the liberal enclaves known as “cities”. And more than a few of those also know enough about bartering and haggling to conduct an exchange of the fruits of their labors with each other. They probably also know a thing or two about lighting fires without matches or a lighter.

And darning socks? Sure, it was useful when socks were actually expensive or hand-made and therefore worthy of preservation. A lot of folks back then knew how to drive a horse-and-buggy too, but I note that particular skill didn’t make the “list”. Likewise using an outhouse, drawing water from a well, walking 5 miles each way to town, or freezing your ass off in the winter because there was only one woodstove in the house to keep it warm.

This article is little more than rose-glasses nostalgic twaddle that conveniently ignores all the inconveniences that these skills masked. Ink-and-pen writing was the *only* means of communication for everyday matters, because there weren’t many telephones. Many folks also did without things like electricity, indoor plumbing, or modern medicines, and few people today would willingly go back to such a standard of living.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 4:07:58 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

Just a brief expansion: around the time the skills in the OP article were in widespread use, Texas was all but unlivable. There’s only one non-manmade lake in Texas. Everything else is the result of damming up streams that don’t even flow year-round. Try living there back then when you didn’t have air-conditioning. I’ve seen enough Texas summers to know I wouldn’t want to try living there back in 1890.


14 posted on 06/02/2014 4:12:26 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: kingattax

I can’t make lace. Other than that I can and have done those things.


15 posted on 06/02/2014 4:12:27 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: kingattax

I’m 64 and I’m really glad I was not born 100 years ago.


16 posted on 06/02/2014 4:12:28 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag (The problem with the world today, is that it wants to be digital, but it's really analog)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My oldest is 25 and we did cloth diapers also, though I’d buy disposables for traveling.

In the late 80s the lefties were all over TV hyperventilating that we’d soon be out of landfills because of disposable diapers. So anyone who noticed thought I was some stupid greenie. “Um NO, disposables are a really expensive!”


17 posted on 06/02/2014 4:13:50 AM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Sacajaweau
writing "I will not talk in class".....100 times.

I was privileged to do that one time, writing it on the blackboard */ but I don't think it was as much as 100, probably around 50. The lesson took, I didn't talk in class again. */ Do they still use blackboards? I'm way out of touch with school stuff.

18 posted on 06/02/2014 4:15:51 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: chajin

All of my great aunts and great uncles got married because of pregnancies lol! These are the most God-fearing, salt of the earth people that I know. When the young men came back from Europe and the Pacific, they ushered in the baby boom regardless of marital status. The difference is that back then they did get married and stuck with each other regardless of the circumstances.


19 posted on 06/02/2014 4:18:54 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: RedMDer
My brother and I killed our first chicken by wringing its neck. ...It took three tries. I guess just grandma had the knack.

Our next chicken croaked via the guillotine.

Gutted my first deer at age 18...and I'm female.

20 posted on 06/02/2014 4:19:40 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kartographer

Not exactly prepping but it is interesting. I’ll let you judge the ping worthiness.


21 posted on 06/02/2014 4:20:35 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Heck, I’m only 50 and I’ve done 10 of those things as well. I don’t know how to make lace.


22 posted on 06/02/2014 4:24:04 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Ann Archy

Hey this sounds like an episode of 18 and counting.....I love this show by the way. If only the population acted like the Duggars......how wonderful this country would be.


23 posted on 06/02/2014 4:24:52 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: OldPossum

Nope, it’s White Boards, Laptop or a Power Point Presentation these days.


24 posted on 06/02/2014 4:24:56 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: kingattax

I’ll take life with air conditioning, microwaves, indoor plumbing, and all the rest of the goodies of modern living.

Who wears lace anymore anyway?


25 posted on 06/02/2014 4:28:08 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: kingattax
Making candles, making soap, walking more than 1/4 for things, planting and harvesting crops...hell, for that matter, cooking! The list goes on...

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

26 posted on 06/02/2014 4:30:15 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: kingattax

Growing-up in the 50’s & 60’s ,I lived most all these things. .


27 posted on 06/02/2014 4:34:26 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: kingattax

The authors unfortunately forget to mention one skill, at least, that all moderns have that the Oldsters never did: scamming the taxpayers.

THAT at least, has been elevated to an art form.


28 posted on 06/02/2014 4:34:33 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Gen.Blather

I don’t know that they had longer attention spans. It could just be that....hey, is that an ant on the desk?


29 posted on 06/02/2014 4:37:49 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: kingattax

I recently found out that my great grandfather worked for the railroad in northern Michigan. One tragic day his leg was crushed by a train car and the leg was amputated on his kitchen table...........


30 posted on 06/02/2014 4:45:30 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: kingattax

Time marches on.


31 posted on 06/02/2014 4:45:51 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: kingattax

1. Courting
2. Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging
3. Butchering
4. Bartering
5. Haggling
6. Darning and mending
7. Corresponding by mail
8. Making Lace - This is the only one I haven’t done.
9. Lighting a Fire Without Matches
10. Diapering With Cloth
11. Writing With a Fountain Pen


32 posted on 06/02/2014 4:51:58 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves. America is no longer a Free Country.)
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To: BuffaloJack

They forgot:
12. Growing your own food
13. Digging a well
14. Making a tool that is not available in the hardware store.
15. Spanking a misbehaving kid
16. Giving your kids chores to do


33 posted on 06/02/2014 4:58:01 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves. America is no longer a Free Country.)
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34 posted on 06/02/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: kingattax

There’s a lot they didn’t have either including cheap international travel, cheap nationwide travel, access to information, cheap medications, etc.

There’s good and bad with progress. Nothing new.


35 posted on 06/02/2014 5:05:19 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Ann Archy
They had MORALS.
My grandfather was born in 1894 ... his brother in 1896.
My great-grandparents were married in 1899.
Oops.
36 posted on 06/02/2014 5:21:16 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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They had a REAL education. I defy anyone to pass the either grade graduation test they had to complete.

And another major factor missing in todays youth, COMMON SENSE.


37 posted on 06/02/2014 5:34:48 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: oh8eleven

They were married, and at least your grandfather and great uncle were brothers, not half brothers, who knew who their father was. There are many today who are not as fortunate.


38 posted on 06/02/2014 5:39:54 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

Exactly many things and skills are forgotten because they are no longer needed.


39 posted on 06/02/2014 5:42:50 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: redhawk.44mag

There are times when I wished that I had lived in the 19th century.

However, going to the dentist in the 19th century or having a serious medical issue in that time period is not something that I personally would have looked forward to.


40 posted on 06/02/2014 5:57:53 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

One of the few good things were more critters, less people and cleaner waters.


41 posted on 06/02/2014 6:11:41 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag (The problem with the world today, is that it wants to be digital, but it's really analog)
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To: kingattax
I spent about 2 years doing the mountain man thing, and living a mid-1800s lifestyle, winter and summer.

It's over-rated. Flush toilets and indoor running water are pretty darn nice to have.

I have the skillsets to live a mid-1800s lifestyle. I chose not to.

/johnny

42 posted on 06/02/2014 6:12:24 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Related:
http://www.amazon.com/Handy-Farm-Devices-Make-Them/dp/1604595868

I have this book - it’s fascinating.
I found it humorous that one of the reviews on Amazon complained that the book only included a picture of the device and not “how to make it”.

Another person commented back that, to the people of that era, the picture WAS “how to make it”.


43 posted on 06/02/2014 6:16:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Mr. Lucky

.hey, is that an ant on the desk?

I use “hey did you see the shiny read squirrel”, when I lose my train of thought at the office.
Either people laugh ( of certain age) or I get very strange looks from the other age group.


44 posted on 06/02/2014 6:25:09 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: afraidfortherepublic
My husband went down to a drug store on a stop and bought a package of Kotex and placed a pad inside each disposable diaper — worked great.

In the military, we called that "Field expediency".

45 posted on 06/02/2014 6:26:07 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuffaloJack

I have never dug a well, but repaired one twice in the dead of winter.

An experience I hope never to repeat


46 posted on 06/02/2014 6:27:04 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: IncPen

interesting posts


47 posted on 06/02/2014 6:28:19 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: kingattax

10 out of 11 here. I hate lace.


48 posted on 06/02/2014 6:29:15 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: ShadowAce

I tried making lace and thought I’d go blind.


49 posted on 06/02/2014 6:32:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: redhawk.44mag
One of the few good things were more critters, less people and cleaner waters.

No.

Yes.

No.

There are currently more critters then there were 100 years ago, there were less people but the water was much less clean. There really is not that much truly clean water in nature and prior to sewage treatment plants there was a lot of stuff that was just dumped into rivers and streams.

50 posted on 06/02/2014 6:37:09 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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