The Victorian Era lasted from 1837 to 1901 under the reign of Queen Victoria, who led the British Empire into a time of prosperity at home and around the world. It is a fascinating era, especially when it comes to talking about the social classes.
There are some surviving pictures of a Victorian Era home as photography became used more towards the end of the 19th century. They became an incredible instrument of documentation of what it was like back then during the time of “Victorian values.”
The pictures are, of course, black and white, but this is what generally stood in a home like that. Carved wooden pieces fill the home of all uses as furniture. Several bedrooms, a large living room, and an entrance with a chandelier hanging are all characteristics of a middle-to-upper class home.
A major difference between these homes and the slums was the formal bathroom, with a tub and functioning toilets, not a chamber pot that people simply dumped out waste into a gutter below. These homes also had some dazzling staircases leading to the bedrooms.
Usually, to match the wood around them, the carpeting is brown, but others added color with yellow and green all over. Another thing seen in the rooms are fireplaces – one for each room.
Before radio, the best way to have entertainment was reading books and playing the piano. Light bulbs were just starting, so there were plenty of candlesticks. This was the Victorian era and the homes in it laid the foundations of social radical change in the 20th century.
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