Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Illustrated Guide to the Rate of Change

Last month I wrote a piece about how  a historical novelist views the rate of change.

I often look at photographs as a way to glimpse how my characters lived.  Many of those photos are illustrative of the points I made in my post "The Rate of Change."  I thought you would like to see what life looked like before the machine age:

The Cincinnati Public Library and its clientele 

Child laborers on their break
Public transportation
Clothes dryers
How you treated a toothache 

Victor Hugo's hand written manuscript for Les Miserables
Telephone wires in Manhattan
Tree pruning
Annamaria Alfieri


  1. Those were the days, all right. I'm reading "Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression," by David E. Kyvig, a history professor. So far I caught one mistake: he said that the washing machines of the twenties and thirties used water and detergent. Detergents weren't commercially available back then. Housewives used soap flakes. He must be a young fella.

  2. Where do you find your pictures? tjs

  3. If you like old pictures, the Library of Congress is a treasure trove, as is a site called Shorpy.