The Household Cyclopedia is a book of general knowledge published in 1881. It was scanned and reproduced as a website by Matthew Spong in 1998, and then converted to a printable file in 2005.
We should become familiar with the knowledge of that era, so that we don't have to reinvent the wheel for everything. That said, we need to be careful as we sort through this material. For example, in those times people were unaware of the dangers of lead, and used it widely. We may have forgotten a lot of knowledge, but we have also gained a tremendous amount of other knowledge. Some chapters (e.g. photography, enamelly) are probably of minor importance.
Relevant Content Elsewhere on the OSE Wiki
- Internal copy as .pdf file (can be inserted here if needed - file is 14 Mb and will have to be split)
- Household Cyclopedia on Metallurgy
- related: Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm (videos from the BBC)
List of Chapters
- RURAL AND DOMESTIC ECONOMY
- CULINARY ARTS
- BLEACHING AND SCOURING
- PAINTS AND COLORS
- WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
- CHEMICAL RECEIPTS
- WEATHER PROGNOSTICS
- IMPLEMENTS OF AGRICULTURE
Please share your thoughts: what of this old knowledge and technology to dismiss, to reconsider, to redesign for the 21st century. Much of this material is valuable but may need to be updated with new scientific insights and modern materials.
- Copy of Household Cyclopedia in .pdf format at Archive.org
- Wikipedia: Household Cyclopedia
- Matthew Spong website