Category: Rose’s World

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Early 20th Century

Today, Valentine’s Day is a holiday to give cards and small gifts to the people you care about the most. What was once the day for lovers now includes parents, children, close friends and extended family. When was the start of our modern Valentine traditions? Like with most holidays, it started with the Victorians. Giving […]

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Fenian Raids: Irish Patriots Invade Canada

Canadians lived in fear of invasion from the United States starting with the American Revolution. Those fears were heightened during the American Civil War. After the war’s end, Canada was attacked on multiple occasions in what became known as the Fenian Raids. Who were the Fenians? The Fenians were Irish emigrants and patriots living in […]

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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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U.S. Transcontinental Railroad: Central Pacific and Union Pacific

The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States were linked by transcontinental railroad after the end of the American Civil War. Completed in 1869, the railroad linked Iowa with San Francisco. It was completed by three railroad companies, the two best known being Central Pacific and Union Pacific. Although it linked California with the […]

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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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The Housewife’s Helper: Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management

Do you recognize the name Isabella Beeton? No worries if you don’t. Beeton is not very well known today, but in the 19th century she was a housewife’s best friend. Beeton authored a guidebook entitled The Book of Household Management Comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under […]

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Hail the Magnificent Ocean Liners

Unlike their poor cousins today, the cruise ship, early 20th century ocean liners were grand in scale, luxury and architecture. In the days before air travel, these liners escorted thousands of passengers around the world. The most popular route was between North America and Europe, a trip which in the 1910s took less than two weeks. […]

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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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Lost Art of Letter Writing

Over the past 120 years, we lost the intimate connection between our thoughts and a pen and paper. During the Victorian era, letter writing became commonplace: more people could read, mail delivery had become more reliable, and it connected loved ones who were too far away to visit. “While most [letter] examples are terribly verbose […]

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