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Treating Bone Fractures in the Early 20th Century

While a broken bone today can be a nuisance, in the early 20th century, it would be a serious, if not deadly, injury. People knew from ancient times to immobilize broken bones with a splint or a brace. Later, bone setters were used to move the bone into place before immobilization. The location of the […]

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Pneumonia: Leading Cause of Death in the Early 20th Century

In the days before antibiotics many people died from communicable diseases. One of these diseases was pneumonia. At the turn-of-the-20th–century it was the leading cause of death, and 40 percent of those who died were under the age of five. Adults, of course, were not immune. Women were susceptible to pneumonia because their tight corsets […]

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Women and Friendship Over Time: How Female Friendship Has Always Been Difficult

Today, women’s friendships are a big deal. There are websites dedicated to helping friends meet, books have been written on the subject, and blogs are filled with helpful how-tos. They all say women need friendships in their lives, but that it’s hard in our modern, busy society for people to meet. They also point out […]

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Canadian-American Relations in the 1910s

Today Canada and the United States are loyal Allies. A century ago, however, there was no love lost between the nations. The reasons are long and complex, but we will touch upon two aspects of Canadian-American relations in the 1910s. Identity Early 20th century Canada was a nation stuck between two powers. It was tied […]

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Boxing Day: A Day for Giving Alms to the Poor

Boxing Day, Dec. 26, is no longer celebrated in most of the United States, although it continues in other English-speaking countries. The holiday originated as the day when churches distributed alms to the poor. Its name comes from the tradition of giving Christmas boxes, Christmas gifts or gratuities paid during the holiday season. The name […]

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A List of Bygone Era Careers and Occupations

Technology has been changing the face of the working world since the Industrial Revolution. Technology creates new employment opportunities while making other occupations obsolete. Think back on your own lifetime. How many switchboard operators do you know? How about gas station attendants who pump gas? The only constant for the past two centuries has been […]

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A Time Line of Women’s Suffrage

Women’s suffrage is back in the news thanks the 2015 release of the film Suffragette. The movie follows a young woman in 1912 London caught up in the suffrage movement. Most of the characters are fictional, but Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison were real individuals. A suffragist was someone who believed in women’s right to vote, […]

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Adultery and the Double Standard

There has always been a double standard when it comes to the battle of the sexes. Nowhere is this more evident in the Victorian age than when it comes to sexual intercourse itself. Victorians didn’t openly talk about sex, but it governed their lives. Sexual attitudes dictated clothing and decorating styles. Attitudes also necessitated the […]

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Domestic Violence Once Was Legal

Domestic violence has been with us since the beginning of human history. The term, however, is a 20th century invention. For most of history, domestic violence and spousal rape were part of everyday life. Why was this violence accepted?  Because it was the natural order of things. A man was supposed to display his authority […]

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