Ten-Foot Rule

Ten-Foot Rule, n. Formerly more common than today, it is an unwritten “rule” stating that one’s reenacting kit only has to look authentic from ten feet or more away. It is the mainstream reenactors’ excuse for not putting more effort into their impression. Modern hard-core reenactors have overcompensated for this by establishing the “ten-power rule,” which says a reenactor’s kit must be authentic even under ten times magnification.

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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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