Each week for a year, the folks in the special collections library at the University of St. Andrews are taking a how-to book from the collection and following its instructions for a project, in order to get a clearer sense of what life was like a century or two ago. Thus far in 52 Weeks of Historical How-Tos
, they've learned how to make shoe polish like an 1825 footman
, bake mince pie from 10 different recipes dating from 1710-1862
, perform parlour tricks to amaze your friends
, and take photographs via the wet collodion process
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