Mary Miley

Historian. Novelist. Wine lover. Won Mystery Writers of America Best First Crime Novel award for series set in Roaring Twneties.

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July 25, 2019
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Revised Myth # 49: Sugar Loaf Paper Used for Dying Fabric
July 6, 2019
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Myth #79: Wine was an expensive luxury so most people drank beer or cider.
May 29, 2019
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Myths about Quotes from Generals Lee and Grant
March 30, 2019
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Revisited Myth # 142: During the Civil War, soldiers bit bullets to combat the pain when no anesthesia was available. mm
February 4, 2019
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Government Myths
January 16, 2019
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Revisited Myth #139: The association of black-eyed peas with New Year’s Day and good luck comes from Sherman’s March to the Sea during the the Civil War
December 28, 2018
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Christmas . . . is it Merry or Happy?
December 20, 2018
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Revisited Myth #74: The Christmas tree tradition was brought to America by German immigrants.
December 11, 2018
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Revisited Myth #101: Colonial Americans decorated their homes with fresh fruit at Christmas.
November 30, 2018
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Myth # 69: The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth in 1621.
November 17, 2018
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Statue Myth Found in Kyrgyzstan
October 27, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 130: People in the “olden days” were routinely buried with a string tied to their finger that ran above ground to a bell . . .
September 29, 2018
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How Myths Grow: A Lesson in Psychology
September 7, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 145: It was the custom to bury old shoes in a new building for good luck.
July 30, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 144: Fidel Castro and the Baseball Tryout
June 19, 2018
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More door myths: Double doors for superstitious people
May 5, 2018
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Myths of the Revolutionary War
April 20, 2018
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Myth # 14? : Pantiles (S-shaped roof tiles) were made by workers shaping the clay over their thighs.
April 7, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 143: Lawn Jockeys are not racist; they honor Jocko, a black groom who served General Washington.
March 26, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 142: During the Civil War, wounded soldiers bit bullets against the pain.
March 14, 2018
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Myth # 147: Immigrants had their last names changed or shortened on Ellis Island.
February 17, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 141: Colonial-era bread ovens were constructed outside the fireplace, to one side of the hearth.
February 10, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 140: A woman would use a diamond to etch her name/date on window glass to see if the stone was genuine.
January 28, 2018
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Revisited Myth #139: The association of black-eyed peas with good luck comes from Sherman’s March to the Sea during the the Civil War
January 14, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 138: Women in early America didn’t play the violin or flute because they would have to raise their arms, revealing their elbows.
January 7, 2018
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Revisited Myth # 101: Colonial Americans decorated their homes at Christmas.
December 16, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 137: “Sleep tight” refers to tightening the ropes on a bed.
December 10, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 136: Women married very young in “the olden days.”
December 4, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 135: Adjustable “courting candles” were used by fathers as a timer to determine the length of a suitor’s visit.
November 26, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 135: Adjustable “courting candles” were used by fathers as a timer to determine the length of a suitor’s visit.
November 26, 2017
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Revisited Myth #69: The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth in 1621.
November 20, 2017
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Revisited: Thanksgiving Myths
November 19, 2017
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Revisited Myth #134: Fried cornmeal bits were thrown to dogs to keep them quiet, hence the name Hush Puppies.
November 12, 2017
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Revisited Myth #133: The British “Vulgar Penny” was a deliberate insult.
November 5, 2017
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President Kennedy on Myths
October 23, 2017
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Revisited Myth #132: A shot glass was originally a small glass filled with lead buckshot to use as a pen holder.
October 15, 2017
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Revisited Myth #131: Government buildings were color coded in order to identify them for illiterate Americans.
September 23, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 129: Punched patterns on tin lanterns varied by family so people could tell who was moving about outside at night.
September 16, 2017
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Why is Nobody Smiling?
September 3, 2017
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Revisited Myth #128: A “chin protector” strip sewn across the edge of a quilt to protect against the oils of grandpa’s beard, and this is evidence of a very
August 27, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 127: People didn’t smile in pictures because of the long exposure times required.
August 16, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 126: “A boot of ale” derives from the custom of using old boots as drinking vessels.
July 22, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 125: The word “bar” comes from the cage or bars that barred people out of the bartender’s space.
July 11, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 124: Taverns were brothels.
July 2, 2017
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Revisited Myth # 123: Parents put their babies in trundle beds and pushed them under the upper bed for warmth.
June 18, 2017
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Revisited Myth #122: Blue Laws are named for the color paper they were printed on.
June 4, 2017
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Revisited Myth #120: Using X for “kiss” comes from illiterate people signing a document and kissing their signature.
May 22, 2017
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Myth #146: In early America, firefighters wouldn’t put out a house fire unless the building bore a fire insurance plaque.
May 13, 2017
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Victorian Tear-Catchers Myth
May 6, 2017
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