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Trivia Thursday # 23

In the 1840s the slave-merchants who had previously sold slaves from the Wekalet el-Gallabeh in Cairo were forced to transfer their trade to a “city of the dead” (cemetary city) outside of Cairo called Kaid Bey because of the government’s belief the slave markets

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Trivia Thursday # 22

In the early 1800s in Cairo native Christian and Jewish men were easily distinguishable by the color of their turbans, which were black, blue, or light brown. – source: The Englishwoman in Egypt by Sophia Poole 1846

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Trivia Thursday # 21

In the early 1800s, in letters home, Sophia Poole describes the street of Cairo as generally narrow (5 to 10 feet wide) and unpaved. Though some streets were as little as 4 feet wide and a few could be forty or

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Trivia Thursday # 20

In the early 1800’s snake charmers where plentiful in Cairo. Upon visiting a home the owner believed to be troubled with a snake the charmer might say: “I conjure thee, by our Lord Suleyman” (Solomon, son of David) “who ruled over

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Trivia Thursday # 19

It was not unusual at a ball in the 1800s for dancers to have wax dripped down on them as they progressed around the floor – courtesy of the candles burning in the chandeliers above them. – source: What Jane Austin

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Trivia Thursday #18

In ancient Egypt a mother might eat a mouse to heal a sick baby. Afterwards she would put the bones in a bag tied with seven knots and hang it around the child’s neck for good luck. – source: Ancient

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Trivia Thursday #17

In the early 1800s the first dance at a ball would most likely have been a minuet with country dances to follow. By the mid 1800s a quadrille would have been the usual choice for the first dance and would

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