What Our Ancestors Had


invent-Model-T 1919You have reviewed many time periods and there will many things in our ancestors’ daily life, quite different from the 21st century! One of the most interesting due to all the changes that our ancestor’s witnessed are any of your relatives born between 1895 and 1905 – right at the beginning of the 20th century.

By combining some history you can create quite an interesting review of the events, fashions and especially the inventions your ancestors born at the dawn of the 1900s would experience during that century.  invent-refrig

Starting just with inventions, due to new manufacturing equipment, new products were coming to the market place. They would have seen the first motion pictures (silent and then talkies), then later television shows right in their own home. Automobiles were a big thing, and eventually produced so just about every family could afford one. With cars, came street signs and traffic lights and highways paved.

invent-radio-1920sBy the 1900s and into the 1930s, some new products were now in aerosol cans, there was scotch tape, bubble gum, radios, ballpoint pens, modern zipper, crayons and Orea cookies. The refrigerator became common in the kitchen as well as indoor plumbing with a full bathroom.

More amazing when your ancestor was born about 1900, the most unusual form of travel was with a hot air balloon. By the 1930s it was more common to see airplanes, then jets and by the 1960s there were spacecrafts circling the globe. In 1969, that same ancestor witnessed man walking on the moon. Imagine the things that ancestor experienced in a few decades is extraordinary.  invent-crayola 1930s

Here is a link to a time line of just some of the notable inventions that would have had a direct affect your ancestors during the 20th century. This link covers more about the inventors and their creations.

Photos: Ford 1919 Model-T, 1920s refrigerators, radio in 1920s and Crayola in 1930s.

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