What's Cooking?

Here is a great cook book from 1881. I found it in the Canadian Libraries collection on the Internet Archive.


Many recipes call for a lot of boiling and vague (to me) instructions. How hot is "near the fire"? Included is everything from how to prepare pigs cheeks (pg. 111) to curing smallpox with cream of tartar (pg. 548).

I would like to know how to "brown with a salamander".


SCARLET BEEF. (pg. 95)

Old Cookery Book.


Take a piece of a breast of very fat beef ; blanch it

twenty-four hours in cold water; then drain the water

away from it, and dry it well with a cloth, rub it well

with brown sugar, salt, and saltpetre, turn it every day

for a fortnight, and then boil it, it eats very well hot with

greens, and when sliced down, makes a very pretty cold


And quite a few recipes for souse, a dish of pickled pigs parts I had never heard of before.

SOUSE (pg. 124)

Miss Beecher.


Cleanse pig's ears and feet, and soak them a week in salt

and water, changing the water every other day. Boil

eight or ten hours till tender. When cold put on salt and

hot spiced vinegar. Fry them in lard.

It begins with a discussion of coffee that contains this excellent prose.

IT is allowed that coffee promotes digestion, and ex-
hilarates the animal spirits ; besides which various
other qualities are ascribed to it, such as dispelling flatu-
lency, removing dizziness of the head, attenuating viscid
humours, increasing the circulation of the blood, and con-
sequently perspiration ; but if drank too strong, it affects
the nerves, occasions watchfulness, and tremor of the
hands ; though in some phlegmatic constitutions it is apt
to produce sleep..

To view the text you will need to magnify (use the + button on the top left). I have embedded the Internet Archive text using the Iframe Drupal module.

Using New Technology to Look at Old Buildings

While the time machine is still waiting to be invented, I have been having fun with a few bits of new technology to look at some old and new sites.

First, I have been spending some time looking at the holdings of the Internet Archive. This is a fantastic organization that is dedicated to offering permanent access to many collections of digital/digitized content. I have previously used the site's Way Back Machine to look at older versions of web sites and sometimes to find old versions of software. I had not spent too much time looking at the other holdings. As well as the Way Back Machine, the Internet Archive hosts extensive collections of moving images, texts, software and audio.

For someone as curious and distractible as I am, this has become a bottomless pit of interesting archived material. My current list of bookmarked pages can be found at http://www.archive.org/bookmarks/timwayne. The finding aids are poor when compared to a reference desk at an archive, but good enough for my purposes. In the texts collection most items are accessible online (using good page turning software) and can be downloaded in multiple formats.

While browsing a booklet (http://www.archive.org/details/souveniroftoront00torouoft) I recognized old views of familiar Toronto buildings and street scenes. Curious as to how these scenes currently look, I browsed maps of the same places with Google Street View. Google Street View is flexible enough that I was able to recreate many of the views from the archived texts. My first attempt at matching an old image to a current street view (and still one of my favourites) was the corner of Huron and Bloor, near where I grew up. Finding the right Street View image to match the old photos is pretty fun (for me). The only picture I actually took was for a view of the canal in Ottawa that Street View didn't have. I used this photo from my phone instead.

The idea of using Google Street Views and the Internet Archive, two sites that are using excellent new technologies, to get a new perspective on old images appeals to me. I also liked the fact that looking at these images online got me to walk around to see if I could find them today. I have a bunch of old/new matches bookmarked ready for when I have a few extra minutes to entertain myself. This is of course a game anyone can play. In fact, I have a few old images that I can't identify, perhaps I'll ask for help the Internet way if I remain stumped.

Take a look at the previous few entries on this site to see how it's done.


43 and Going Strong

Image No.: CN005127

Image No.: CN005127 CSTMC/CN Collection


And from http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Ottawa+ON+tr...



Toronto Queen's Park: How fast do trees grow?

I hope people are not yet bored with this project. Heritage pictures + Google Street View = fun (for me at least).


Image No.: CN002858 CSTMC/CN Collection

From http://www.imagescn.technomuses.ca/structures/index_choice.cfm?id=134&ph...

Image No.: CN002858 CSTMC/CN Collection

"Ontario Leg." Google Street View



An Ottawa Scene Today

The Google Map Street View link:


And my recent photo:


Dec 2009 168

An Ottawa Scene 1910


Here is an Ottawa scene taken from The first half century of Ottawa (1910) that I found in the Internet Archive (archive.org). Any ideas where this is? It hasn't changed that much in the last 99 years.


Compare and Contrast

bloor and huron toronto - Google Maps


bloor and huron



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