The Georgian period was one of population growth. Rates of infant mortality fell and this saw people raising larger families. The reasons for this may have included the fact that most people had more adequate food to eat. Also, the Bubonic Plague seems to have burnt itself out in Europe during the 17th century. Historians aren’t really sure exactly why the fall in mortality rates occurred. However, they still remained high by modern standards.
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Georgian Kitchen 1714 - 1780's. The Georgian era typifies the splendor of an English country home. Early color schemes were bold however, the emphasis moved towards more delicate furniture in soft shades eminating serenity and spaciousness.The raised and fielded door recalls the graceful detailing of the time whilst the decorative mantle perfectly captures the grandeur of the Georgian period.
Tin of chocolate worm cakes London, ca. early 20th century. In the early 20th century, children were regularly fed ‘worm cakes’ to keep tapeworms at bay. Such ‘medicine’ was unpopular and often tasted revolting. The cakes in this tin have been made more palatable through the addition of chocolate flavouring. Source: Museum of London
Georgian era coffee house pic. Royal Exchange didn't allow commoner traders (save a few by special invite) b/c they were too raucous. Coffee shops became the place for lots of trades with runners going all over mid-town to pass on "BUY-SELL" messages along with news of ships newly docked and what their cargoes were. News was spread by runners and posted on chalkboards inside the coffee houses, like some kind of flat screen TV flashing CNN business news! Only a still of the news feed :-D
highboy: colonial American Queen Anne style furniture
Queen Anne Design: This is an example of an interior space that has been inspired by Queen Anne from the Georgian era. The highboy is the tall piece of furniture. The small table is Queen Anne tea table. And the chair also has Queen Anne design. The floor is wooden, too, which is also influenced by Queen Anne.
Lock, Stock, and History
What fighting like a girl was all about in Georgian Era Britain —- Elizabeth “Lady Bare Knuckles” Stokes Think that women’s boxing or MMA fighting is a recent development in fighting sports? Think again. From the 18th to early 19th century it was not uncommon for women to fight in the ring as well as men. Back then boxing was not the boxing of today, not by a long shot...
Friday's Fabulous Find
Georgian-era "Turnspit" dog shown in cage at top of image. The dog runs to turn the spit to roast the meat on all sides. A turnspit can be viewed in the restored early 19th C kitchen of 1 Royal Cresc in Bath, England - the turnspit dog breed is now extinct, but has been variously reported to look like a Jack Russell Terrier and a fox, with skinny legs and a reddish coat.
During the Regency era, women’s clothing as well as hairstyles were modeled after Greek and Roman styles. Women wore their hair up and fastened their buns with ornamental combs, diadems, bonnets and silk ribbons. They parted their hair in the shape of T, V, Y and U’s. Regency girls often curled their hair at the front to crown their faces with soft ringlets. Ladies also wore bonnets, hats or turbans.