How to kill bedbugs, 1777

“Spread Gun-powder, beaten small, about the crevices of your bedstead; fire it with a match, and keep the smoak in; do this for an  hour or more; and keep the room close several hours.”

The Complete Vermin-Killer: A Valuable and Useful Companion for Families, in Town and Country, 4th ed. (London, 1777)4.

The link is here.  That is from a new-to-me blog,  Here is “How to Make Pink Pancakes, 1786,” and you will find numerous other excellent items.  Try “How to Sober Up, 1628” or “How to Grow a Beard, 1539.”

For the pointer I thank the excellent Hollis Robbins.


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