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February 19, 2022

20 Vintage Photos Show What Life Was Like in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Life for the average person in the 1800s was hard. Many lived a hand-to-mouth existence, working long hours in often harsh conditions. There was no electricity, running water or central heating.

In the early 1900s, the average family had an annual income of $3,000 (in today’s dollars). The family had no indoor plumbing, no phone, and no car.

About half of all American children lived in poverty. Most teens did not attend school; instead, they labored in factories or fields.

In 1900, about 60 percent of the population lived on farms or in rural areas. Today, one in four lives in rural areas; more than half live in suburbs.

Here below is a set of amazing photos from Rescued by Rover that shows what life was like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Lunch on the Ice

"Mary had a little lamb"

Basket vendor. A pencilled caption on the slide indicates that the location is in Paris

Bob Sleighing

Bolton Woods, Yorkshire

Borough High Street, London, looking north towards St Georges Church

Children digging on a beach

Connaught Place, Hyde Park, London, with a horse bus, a Hansom cab, and other horse traffic and pedestrians

Horse and farm workers

Ladies and children on a beach

Machine harvesting

Ox cart loaded with timber

Skating

Skating

Ski-ing

Sleighing

St Georges Church, Borough, London

Tobogganing–Double

Tobogganing–Single

Uniformed men on the bridge at Bayonne in south-west France




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