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Then or Now



Do you believe that men and woman were happier at the turn of the century?  A gentleman told me that he felt that Men and Woman were.  He said it was because Men and woman new there roles and it made it easier. 

     Questions for you dear readers, what do you think? I believe that woman wanted to be independent then as well as now but there were many constraints on Men and Woman.

     I would like to know who wrote the code of how each of us were to act.  Time has been changing forever , but where are we now in consideration to them. Are we better off now or  then ?  

     There are things I liked better then and also things I much prefer now.

     I loved he manners, the elegance , The dressing for dinner as well as different outfits during the days activities. 

     I love the detail in the craftsmanship , the quality of the fabrics.  The fact that there was something made for every occasion. Crystal and silver for your dressing table.  A case for everything for a trip as well. A case for makeup, Jewelry, shoes, hats and evening ware. ( No one charged you for to much luggage) . Luggage was meant to last and did .   Look how many steamer trunks are  in every antique store for sale.  There is no question that things were built with craftsmanship to last. 

     Then there were things we do not use anymore like the brass gas lighter, top hats, bowler, stiff white collars.  Now if we need a tux we just rent one.  We no longer need horses and tack as well as barns, no need for hand cranks for cars. Even inter tubes are hard to find.

     If we wanted to go out for a little culture we could go to a Play. They were few and far between not like today where we have dvd’s , tv. cinaplexes where if a movie dose not bring in enough money over a weekend it is gone and two weeks lated out on dvd. How is that for incentive for great  entertainment. The truth is life is full of ups and downs, good and bad.

     World War I changed life so drastically.  Woman could not stay at home and have garden parties and eat cake. They ran hospitals and took care of the men who were injured , they made the clothes to keep the solders warm. They made the ammunition so that the men had a chance to make it home. When the war was over many men did not come home. Woman had to abandon the big homes and move to much smaller quarters. There children were no longer living in privilege. The friends they know looked down on them.  The children had to learn a trade and work along side those that at one time served them. Lets face it life changed and we had to change with it.

Looking forward to your kind replies.

Pj “ Dare to Be Different”   Thank You Wayne England for being my muse

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  • A beautiful, thoughtful post. I agree completely, and believe that you had a key lifetime at the turn of the century. What do you think?

    Linda on

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