Photo by Gary Tanner
6. The 1765 Stamp Act didn't catch on quickly. Buildings were still referred to as "opposite St Dunstan's Church" or "the tavern on Thames Street" in addresses until the nineteenth century.
7. Many ladies inserted cushions and pillows into their hair to create the unique Georgian "pouf".
8. The French carriage for hire was called a "fiacre". It looked and operated just like an English hackney coach and taxied within the city. The king's highways were left to the stage coaches.
9. "Macaroni" was adopted as a term for something of high fashion or "cool", and it all started with a group of Englishmen who fell in love with Italian pasta while on a tour of Europe. (Italian pasta wasn't well-known in England yet.) It really sheds some light on the patriotic song "Yankee Doodle", considering that British officers came up with it to make fun of the Colonial soldiers during the Seven Years' War. ("Dandy" was the term for a man who was overly concerned about his appearance and obsessed with the latest fashion.)
10. Wallpaper was very "macaroni", and exploded in the 1700s. Large patterns were popular, as well as "flocked" velvety textiles. Often applied to panels and edged in gilt. Wallpaper from China was the most coveted.