Curiously Strange Items From The Past That Your Ancestors Used.
This flea trap might not have been a fan of PETA if they'd been around back in the 18th century.
Women would wear a dead animal in order to attract fleas. They figured that perhaps those annoying critters would find this trap a lot more appealing than the human who was wearing it. But it's really unsanitary when you think about it.
People in the Victorian age used a button hook whenever they needed to tighten their buttons.
It looked awfully expensive and fancy for a device that made it easier to close buttoned shoes, gloves, and clothing. It had a small hook with a long handle, and it was all the rage to have one of these in those days.
The mustache cup was designed specifically for gentlemen who had a hard time drinking tea.
It can be tough to drink tea when you're sporting a mustache. So, this cup was invented in order to keep a man's mustache nice and dry. But honestly, wouldn't it have been easier to just use a napkin to dry it up after each sip? Duh!
It might look like something women used to fan themselves with when it was nice and warm.
It's actually a dance engagement card. Different types of dances were listed so that women would know what to expect during the event. They could also write down the name of their dance partner, so they'd remember who was better. After the event, the card became a keepsake.
This was an 1886 dance card, which served as an alternative to the previous fan-looking version.
The dance card was distributed at St. John's Wood house, where several Balls were held. A woman tied the card around the wrist and then a guy would walk up to her and ask her to dance. She would then write his name down next to the particular dance they agreed on until the card was full.
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