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Those Were the Days - WSJ

Monday, January 18, 2016

Category: Society

Picture a woman born in 1870: your grandmother, or great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother. Then picture her in 1940. She sits resting with her family in a house brightened by electricityâ€"a wonder, considering that she had been born in the darkness of sparse candlelight. When she was a child her mother sewed her simple garments using cloth bought at a general store, but she now sits listening to President Roosevelt on the radio and wearing a dress purchased from a department store.

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