By Mary Davis
What? Nails aren’t legal tender anymore?
Yes, there was a time when people in the U.S. (and other parts of the world) bartered with nails.
I don’t think much about construction nails until one is protruding, and I catch my hand or the toe of my shoe on it.
Nails have been around for millennia, dating from as far back as 3400 BC, but historians theorize they were likely around before that. Some of these early nails were made of bronze, but the ones made of iron would have rusted into dust.
|Bronze Nail, between circa 323 and 256 BC
|Roman Iron Nails
|Heading a Nail
|Author Photograph from the San Juan Islands Historical Museum
This type is still used today. With the advent of inexpensive soft steel, this costly object could be produced at speeds unfathomable before and for much cheaper. Thus, nails lost their monetary value.
Which sadly means, I can’t buy a chai with my handful of nails.
MRS. WITHERSPOON GOES TO WAR (Heroines of WWII series)
2023 SELAH Award Finalist
A WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) flies a secret mission to rescue three soldiers held captive in Cuba.
Margaret “Peggy” Witherspoon is a thirty-four-year-old widow, mother of two daughters, an excellent pilot, and very patriotic. She joins the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). As she performs various tasks like ferry aircraft, transporting cargo, and being an airplane mechanic, she meets and develops feelings for her supervisor Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg. When Peggy learns of U.S. soldiers being held captive in Cuba, she, Major Berg, and two fellow WASPs devise an unsanctioned mission to rescue them. With Cuba being an ally in the war, they must be careful not to ignite an international incident. Order HERE!
MARY DAVIS, bestselling, award-winning novelist, has over thirty titles in both historical and contemporary themes. Her latest release is THE LADY’S MISSION. Her other novels include THE DÉBUTANTE'S SECRET (Quilting Circle Book 4) THE DAMSEL’S INTENT (The Quilting Circle Book 3) is a SELAH Award Winner. Some of her other recent titles include; THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT, THE DAUGHTER'S PREDICAMENT, “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in The MISSAdventure Brides Collection, Prodigal Daughters Amish series, "Holly and Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection, and "Bygones" in Thimbles and Threads. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of thirty-seven years and one cat. She has three adult children and three incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at: Books2Read Newsletter Blog FB FB Readers Group Amazon GoodReads BookBub