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The origins of everyday things

Author: Ruth Binney; Reader's Digest Association (Great Britain)
Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Assoc., 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Tells the fascinating, entertaining and often extraordinary stories behind the objects all around us.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Binney; Reader's Digest Association (Great Britain)
ISBN: 0276423208 9780276423208
OCLC Number: 40587925
Description: pages cm
Contents: How it all began; In the beginning --
The toolmakers --
The great civilisations. House and home; Every room in the house --
Elements of construction --
Furniture --
Furnishings --
Lighting --
In the kitchen --
Heating and cooking --
The bedroom --
The bathroom --
Washday --
Cleaning chores --
Safety and security --
Favourite pets --
Handy housewares --
Gadgets for the home --
The indoor garden --
Earthly paradise --
Garden flowers --
Garden tools. Manners and customs; Etiquette --
Mealtimes --
Dining out --
Courtship --
Tying the knot --
Bringing up baby --
Spring and summer --
Autumn and winter --
Christmas cheer --
Superstitions, signs and omens --
Foretelling the future --
Last rites. Food and drink; Farming and wheat --
Staple sustenance --
Meat and poultry --
Vegetables --
Familiar fruit --
Harvesting the water --
Dairy produce --
Sweets and treats --
Herbs and spices --
Preserving --
Pulses, nuts and oils --
New and synthetic foods --
Hot drinks --
Soft drinks --
Beer and brewing --
A world of wine --
Strong liquor. Fashion and beauty; Essential fabrics --
Fine fabrics --
Making and mending --
The dress and the shirt --
A suit of clothes --
coats, gloves and scarves --
Dressing up, dressing down --
Next to the skin --
Head to toe --
Everyday accessories --
Improving on nature. Design for living; Essential technology --
Using nature's materials --
Making things from metal --
The earth's treasure --
Generating power --
Practical chemicals --
Miracle materials --
Instruments --
Clocks and watches --
The computer revolution --
Civil engineering. Moving about; On two wheels --
Carrying passengers --
The car is born --
The open road --
Railways --
On the water --
First flight --
Air travel for all --
Finding the way. Living together; Settlements --
Government and the people --
The world of work --
The marketplace --
The world of finance --
Crime and punishment --
Health and safety --
Religious beliefs --
Teaching and learning --
Measuring the world --
Water and waste. The written and spoken word; The making of language --
Characters and alphabets --
Signs and symbols --
Flags, signs and trademarks --
The language of numbers --
Pen and paper --
Print spreads the word --
The book --
Newspspers and magazines --
Sending messages --
Long-distance information. Leisure and sport; Making music --
In harmony --
Dance steps --
On the stage --
Opera, puppets and magic --
Photography --
Moving pictures --
Sound recording --
Television and video --
High days and holidays --
Holidays abroad --
Instant riches --
Marvels and wonders --
Ancient games --
Playing fields --
Bat and ball --
On horseback --
Popular sports --
Board games --
Cards and puzzles --
Children's toys --
Games and pastimes. Sickness and health; Infectious diseases --
Body and mind --
Guardians of health --
Making a diagnosis --
New parts for old --
Surgical skills --
Nature's medicine chest --
Alternative treatments --
Family matters --
Eyes and ears --
In the dentist's chair.
Responsibility: edited and designed by the Readers Digest Association Limited ; editor, Ruth Binney ; assistant editors, Kim Davies [and others] ; writers, Hanna Andrassy [and others].

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Tells the fascinating, entertaining and often extraordinary stories behind the objects all around us.

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