Coffee, tea, and chocolate were all
the rage in Enlightenment Europe. These fashionable beverages
profoundly shaped modes of sociability and patterns of consumption,
yet none of the plants required for their preparation was native to
the continent: coffee was imported from the Levant, tea from Asia,
and chocolate from Mesoamerica. Their introduction to 17th-century
Europe revolutionized drinking habits and social customs. It also
spurred an insatiable demand for specialized vessels such as hot
beverage services and tea canisters, coffee cups and chocolate pots. More Books
Coffee comes in what
seems endless varieties, but one of them, espresso, is especially
popular in Europe, particularly in Italy. This video discusses the
history of espresso and its effect on coffee culture around the
world. Click on the
title to view.
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the late 19th century, in an age before electricity, it was
impractical for traveling salesmen, staying in rooming houses, to carry
a candle and stand with them so that they could see their way to the
bathroom down the hall in the middle of the night. The Laterna Unica or
Folding Pocket Candle Lamp made it possible for them to do that. It
consisted of folding mica panels which surrounded a small candle and
included a match holder, striker and carrying case. Salesmen could
easily stuff one of these into their valise. This particular one,
measuring 5 ½ x 3 1/4 x 1 inches, priced at $195 by Tucker and
Booth Antiques and Collectibles, of Morgantown, PA, features gold
and leather trim. Other so-called "hand lamps," that resembled
prayer books when closed, provided light for reading during long
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