Corset The corsets mid-19th century women wore weren’t necessarily as uncomfortable as they might seem. Contrary to popular misconception, corsets did not inhibit breathing, singing, movement, digestion, or bending; nor did they re-arrange

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Frederick Low

Born on his father’s farm near Frankfort, Maine (now Winterport), Frederick Low left home at 15 to become an apprentice to Russell, Sturgis and Company, a Boston mercantile. While in Boston, Low augmented

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Fort Ross Imperial Spain, who had long feared a Russian advance into their largely unguarded province of California, was in no position to resist when Czarist Russia decided to build an outpost above Bodega Bay. Trade was vital to existing

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CA flag

California was admitted to the Union as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. That year 27 original counties were created—Mariposa and San Diego Counties being the largest in acreage—but over time

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Scales

The Spanish system of weights and measures came to California in the late 1700s with the Franciscan mission-builders and their military escorts.  Early American and European settlers in Mexican California recorded

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