Congratulations to our anonymous reader who answered the trivia question at 10:02 am this morning!
On Saturday, August 28, I posed a question to our readers: Why did old houses not have closets?
The answer is: The wire coat hanger had not been invented! It was invented in 1903 by Albert J. Parkhouse. Prior to 1903 clothes were hung on nails or pegs, or folded and stored in trunks or shelves (some houses had "closets" but they were simply shelves enclosed by a door, not true closets as we have today).
I learned this quite by accident from Lou Ann. I had given her a book, The Geography of Home, and the answer lay within.
You can do an Internet search for "invention of the coat hanger" or "Albert J. Parkhouse" for more information.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter, Looking for the Wahabs of Ocracoke, was written by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecrafsmen.com/news082110.htm.