Family History

Captain Peter Wright, Esq. (1740-1821)

Captain Peter Wright, Esq. is my 6th great grandfather.  Although he is a very well-known American Revolutionary patriot, and was a prominent resident of his community in Shaftsbury, VT, his ancestry is unknown. There is spotty evidence of Peter’s father being Joseph Wright of the Oyster Bay Wrights. Joseph was the grandson of the Peter… Continue reading Captain Peter Wright, Esq. (1740-1821)

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Madame Rowley’s Toilet Mask

I absolutely love this ad. Madame Rowley’s Toilet Mask dates back to approximately 1887. Helen Rowley from Van Wert, Ohio patented this bizarre piece of beauty history in 1875. She called it a “Mask for Medical Purposes” and claimed that it would “excite perspiration with a view to soften and clarify the skin.” It is… Continue reading Madame Rowley’s Toilet Mask