Questions tagged [historical-techniques]

For questions on how certain products, processes, activities, etc were created or performed in history. Questions on techniques in researching history, known as historical methods, should use the historiography tag.

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What type and size of paper, and corresponding to which modern font, would have been used for typewriters in 1896?

I am going to be doing a first-person performance of an 1896 lecture; the subject being "impersonated" (Mark Twain) sometimes carried sheaves of paper onto the platform; some of these sheets contained ...
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How did Europeans dye their garments black around 1800?

The recent Freikorps question tackled an old sore. It is said budgetary restrictions made for example Lützower and Brunswickers chose black as their uniform colour. Since no state would provide ...
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What did people do about kerosene lamp fires?

In the late nineteenth century, kerosene lamps were widely used for illumination. They were effective and affordable, though had the nontrivial disadvantage of being a significant fire hazard; a lamp ...
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How exactly was the Second Temple destroyed?

What is known regarding the techniques used to destroy the Second Temple? It was quite a large set of buildings made of stone blocks, and Romans didn't know (afaik) explosive techniques good for ...