The proper way to light a fire. A look into the calendar of 1923

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The Latvian calendar has never been a mere catalog of days, but also an encyclopedia and a compendium of advice on various matters of living, the specialists of the National Library of Latvia (LNB) told Latvian Radio on July 2. For example, the “Household Calendar of 1923” includes some advice on saving firewood. 

A fragment from the calendar:

  • With the price of wood being what it is, one needs to know the proper way to light a fire: at the start, to bring a food to a boil quicker, one has to build a large fire from finely cut, dry wood. After that, one or two logs will do the job, but one still ought to check that the heat remains constant, and that the food is cooking slowly (a pan, of course, has to have a hard lid). Cooking this way is going to save a lot of wood and keep the food from evaporating and losing some of its good properties. 

The “Household Calendar” was published by Gērta Anna, owner of the Gērta bookshop in Rīga, according to the data base of the National Library of Latvia. The calendar was issued for only two years.

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