From Art to Fashion Statements: Ancient Trivia

During the summertime, chalk drawings are a favorite pastime of children, who sketch animals and hopscotch boards up and down their sidewalks and driveways. In this article, you will learn where this practice originated, as well as who was responsible for making the first Noxzema all the way back in 157 AD.

Art in the Streets

The first ‘street painting’ to utilize this technique took place in Italy during the 16th century. Equipped with chalk in their hands, artists made drawings on pavement. One of the most popular themes or images of these first chalk drawings were of the Virgin Mary. In Italy, she was referred to as Madonna, so these kinds of drawings were called ‘madonnari.’ In the modern-day Italy, madonnari are still a part of regional holidays and festivals.

Early Noxzema?

When it comes to facial ointments, cold cream is a pretty old concept. To learn about the early start of using cold cream on the face, you’d have to trace the invention back to the days of Greek physician Galen, who created the product in 157 AD. Comprised of high water content, the cool feeling associated with the cream comes when the process of evaporation takes place on your warm face. No one really knows why Galen created the cream, but those studying ancient medicine believe it had something to do with a technique of treating medical conditions with their opposite. It is possible that he was trying to come up with a remedy for a skin condition that produced hot and dry symptoms, such as eczema or psoriasis. It didn’t take long for the cream to spark other ideas. Ancient Greek women learned that the white cream easily took off their makeup. To this day, this is one of the main uses of cold cream.


Earrings have been a part of jewelry making and wearing for almost 5,000 years. Historians that have dedicated their lives to the study of jewelry know that trinkets were most likely introduced to western Asia around 3000 BC. However, Iraq boasts the site where the oldest earrings have been uncovered , in 2500 BC. Over the years, the trends and fashion statements of earrings have changed. Most recently, the clip-on version was born during the 1930s. In the 1950s, it was a trend for trendy ladies to refrain from piercing their ears. This change nearly disappeared during the 1970s.  

An Easy Way to Transport Flowers and Plants

The practice of transporting plants from one place to the other originated thousands of years ago. Flowerpots were a thing of the past because it helped people bring their native plant to new land or cultivate an exotic flower once they returned from their travels. One instance occurred when Hatshepshut (a queen from Egypt) sent representatives to bring her back incense trees in pots. Aboard the H.M.S. Bounty, clay pots served as the transport vessel for more than 1,000 breadfruit plants in 1787 , meant for a destination of the West Indies. At the time, they were intended to be grown as food for slaves.