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Elle Jauffret

Writer ~ Lawyer ~ Fork Handler

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Paris, 7 June 1867 - The Three Emperors Dinner

Jun 6, 2016

On June 7th 1867, in Paris, after visiting the Exposition Universelle (world’s fair), four Russian Tsars and dignitaries met at the Café Anglais for an unforgettable 8 wine/17 course-dinner served over eight hours at a cost of 400 francs per person ($9,000 today).

The dinner is known …

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The Stomacher and Getting Dressed in the 18th Century

Apr 21, 2016

I present you the stomacher, a beautiful accessory from the 18th century.

 

Stomacher (left): Cooperhewitt.org    Stomacher (right): made by Isabel Northwode Costumes 

An essential part of women’s gowns, it was fastened to the women’s bodices to decorate the front of their gowns (from…

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International Women's Day: 10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way

Mar 8, 2016

10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way 

 

Christine de Pizan (1364-1430): French royal court writer (one of the most notable woman writers of medieval times) who brought up the importance of women in her writing.

Joan of Arc (1412-1431): fearless teenager, feminist, who led the French a…

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Old as Beer

Feb 23, 2016

Did you know it took more than 231 millions gallons of beer to build the Pyramid of Giza? Yes, beer. Beer was money (in Ancient Egypt as in various cultures) and a vital source of nutrition. Egyptians laborers were paid a gallon of beer a day.

Egyptian beer contained the antibiotic tetracycli…

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The Beautiful Books of Ancient Maya: Codices

Feb 3, 2016

 

The Maya developed a hieroglyphic script (around 300 BCE), which contained signs representing words or sounds that could be combined and/or merged in different ways. This written language survived until about 1700 CE. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They recorded their knowled…

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