Magnificent Rome

Originally posted on Past and Present with Pamela:
I feel very fortunate to have visited Italy recently, and I am pre-empting my regular past-and-present period to move back two thousand years. I had no idea many of the great sights of ancient Rome are right next to each other.  I was able to reach these on foot from…

Magnificent Rome — Vatican City

Originally posted on Past and Present with Pamela:
Normally, I write about the late 1800s, the early 1900s, and the present, but I was very fortunate to visit Italy a few weeks ago, and this is truly a city of the past and present. The Eternal City. I was astounded the first morning when we took…

1895 Mail-Order Catalog

Originally posted on Past and Present with Pamela:
Just think what life was like in rural America before and after the mail-order catalog. Aaron Montgomery Ward used the trains in Chicago to get goods to far-flung parts of the country. Mr. Ward and his partners stocked goods to launch their first mail-order catalog, but his…

Boothill Graveyard

Originally posted on Past and Present with Pamela:
The first graveyard in Tombstone, Arizona, shows the violent side of the Old West. For the second time, Women Writing the West has brought me to Tucson, and Tombstone draws me like a magnet although it is seventy miles away. Last week I went twice. My only…