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View Poll Results: Which era of time would you want to live in?
10th century 0 0%
11th century 1 1.79%
12th century 0 0%
13th century 1 1.79%
14th century 1 1.79%
15th century 1 1.79%
16th century 1 1.79%
17th century 0 0%
18th century 2 3.57%
19th century 10 17.86%
1900 1 1.79%
1910 0 0%
1920 2 3.57%
1930 3 5.36%
1940 2 3.57%
1950 9 16.07%
1960 3 5.36%
1970 4 7.14%
1980 5 8.93%
1990 0 0%
2000 10 17.86%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-01-2008, 07:33 AM
Location: Maryland
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I'd like to have seen the progress from the end of the American Civil War to the next 100 years. Before that would have been difficult, and afterward has been no picnic either.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Redd Jedd View Post
Anyone lucky enough to live to be 100 years old would have seen the most change in the world living between the years 1870 and 1970 (in the USA of course). From virtually none of today's modern conveniences and the only mechanized mode of transport being trains, they would have seen the advent of electricity and the appliances that came along with that, the telephone, automobiles, airplanes, radio, television, rockets, the first few generations of the mainframe computer, modern healthcare and men on the moon. Compare that to someone born in 1870 and the average personís life would have been the same as it was 100 years before that with no major changes.
I think of this very thing quite often and how mankind has changed so rapidly in just one century. It must have been breathtaking when new technologies came about. Now an amazing new gadget or whatever comes on the market and it's no big deal. At least not to me. Beyond electricity and waterworks, nothing else is truly important.

I once read something about the first passengers on trains in the 1800s and how they essentially freaked out about traveling at the phenomenal speed of 30mph. No one had ever experienced that before.

A couple of months ago the Internet went down for a week in the city I live, it affected thousands of people. It basically shut our business down and we had to get all old-fashioned and physically take an item from Point A to Point B. I kind of liked it.

I remember when I first started using fax machines in the mid 90s and I asked older employees how they ever accomplished anything without the fax (this was before email was common). They said they just took it themselves or hired a courier.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:05 AM
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Another era i love is the 1920's as it was america's only other ''party'' decade besides the 1980's and some of the 1920 photo's of the women are very new wavish like the 80's as they wore mini skirts and daisy duke shorts amd halter tops etc.

1920 photo's of silent film actress Louise Brooks as she looks like Pat Benatar.


Look at this 1920's outfit (on the left side) as this was unheard before the 1920's. That would have been my Great Grandma back in the day .
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:44 PM
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I remember Sputnik, watching that blip sail across the sky, and '57 Chevy's. Cures for disease, space, funky lighting, ceramic stove tops. And the internet. Of all the home improvements of the 20th century I believe a washer/dryer in the home is the most precious of commodities.

I consider the 2nd half of the 20th century as the most fascinating period of time for me but I feel a hankering to be a kid again.
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