19 century Vinaigrette. These beauties held vinegar-soaked sponges so that when you walked out of your house onto the unspeakable filth of the 18th and 19th century streets...if you felt faint you could hold this up to your nose to block out the odor
Smartest man who ever lived?? IQ estimated between 250 & 300. Taught himself 8 languages as a child & was eventually conversant ~ 40, invented another & entered Harvard, age 11 (2 yrs later than he wanted). A mathematical as well as linguistic genius and went on to teach classes in geometry and trigonometry in Texas at the age of 17. Sadly he never fulfilled his potential, preferring a lifetime of isolation and privacy. He worked a succession of menial jobs until his death at the age of 46.
"Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-fire, he escaped and began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.By 1860, he was living in Denver and became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, and barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, and jobs to escaped and free African Americans."