Eighteen percent (18%) of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
Eighteen percent of WHICH households? Certainly not of all households! The upper class was a very small portion, and the middle class wasn't all that big either, and certainly not wealthy enough for domestic help.
Actually, this isn't entirely true. The middle class made up a substantial portion of servant/domestic help holders. One of the reasons that economists and social scientists bemoan the "shrinking middle class" of today is because we at one point had a more normal balance - the middle class being the largest group, with the upper and lower classes being small groups at either end of the spectrum.
Servants and domestic help were generally women and racial minorities, and this increased dramatically after the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. Also, immigrants who did not find a ready place in American society, such as Asians and Irish, often found themselves employed as domestic help.This paper
is interesting in that it details the concerns of middle-class women
in finding "competent" help that didn't cost "inflated" prices.
Also, live-in help often cost substantially less, if you could afford another mouth to feed in general. Since their room and board was provided, employers were able to pay them much less - sometimes half the average employee's wage or less.
Oh, I don't know. I think there were a lot of middle class homes that had domestic help. That includes sending out the laundry to be done elsewhere, or sending the kids to be watched somewhere, don't you think?
so the chicken and the egg are laying in bed after. the chicken is smoking a cigarette and says to the egg, "well, i guess we know the answer to that question."
On those prices, the dollar in 1907 had the same purchasing power as $22.67 today.
Sometimes I feel like I go through 20s like they were 1 dollars.
>>>>The average wage in 1907 was 22 cents per hour.
Hey that's what I make!
Egg yolks?! How barbaric.
Should've used baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
Egg yolks add shine and make hair "manageable," at least by the lore of the day. XD
Wow! 230 murders? Maybe they should legalise heroin after all... :|
I'm bloody grateful for the extra 30 years, but some marijuana would make them a lot more pleasant...
The average life expectancy was 47 years. and they say we live in ayouth culture today
LOL, 'how to break an egg with a tic-tac'
those are very interesting facts! now i cango around telling people them for no reason! :)
I think that's the universal appeal of my blog. hehe. ;)
I wish I had a servant somedays.
A nice jaunty, English fellow who oddly enough would look like Micheal Caine from Batman Begins. . .yes, I would approve of that.
LOL. Me toooo. That'd rock. I'd make sure he had health insurance though, and PTO.
Either that is a camera trick or he has a gun for a mouth.
lol, I was wondering about that too.
I enjoyed the list. Some things change for the bettwer and some not, perhaps. One thing for sure is change.
I wash my hair weekly. I have long, very full hair. More often would damage it. It takes a week for the oils to work down the hair. Have excellent scalp condition, etc. Almost everyone I've ever explained this to thought it a bit odd but we are all so trained in what is right.
I coparented a home birth. I advocate this. In the 1970's I could find a lot of women having babies at home. These kids are/were fantastic kids, healthy as horses when babies mostly. Today it's like a different world. Well yes, it IS a different world.
It's definitely a different world. I wash my hair every other day or so to keep it from getting too messed up, because when I washed it daily it didn't look very good at all. lol. ;)
I'm glad I had my kid in the hospital. I had so many complications with my pregnancy we'd both be dead otherwise.
Full of grace with your hospital choice, absolutely. Blessed be. Offers hugs for the memories!
The mother was healthy. We had lots of training, midwives, and the doctor and hospital just a few minutes by car. As it was there indeed was a complication, a wrapped umbilicle. A very skilled midwife unwrapped the cord very carefully, birthing continued as normal. Baby amazed all.
Wow!! Glad to hear everything went so well. I imagine that was terrifying!!
Because of the surreality during those moments of birth canal passage the words of the midwife still in a very professional tone, something like oh shit, the cord is around his neck and her immediate response of using her fingers to create space between I don't know that the mother even knew until afterwards. The cord is plable at that time, and it's also expendable. We could have just cut it right then. I guess it wasn't too tight because she was able to just unwrap. Babe hadn't been deprived because he wasn't quite breathing yet. As coparent, I didn't have time to be scared. I think our midwives were though. I remember every detail of that twelve hour labor like it was yesterday! :-)
lol, as long as they're not raw eggs, I suppose. ;)
haha I remember watching old anti-drug vids with the old black and white ads for cocaine and heroin. :p
"Why don't you try sniffing this powder? It's called Cocaine!"
"Why, I feel better already! My headache is completely gone!"
buahha. Still no flying cars.
Thats such a pretty icon. Is it from a movie? Or painting?
OOoh, the conversation one? A photograph I believe.
I thought so too! Feel free to lift! Just credit the person I have credited for it in my icon place. :)
Maybe I will steal it :) And I shall credit if I do.
2008-02-26 04:53 pm (UTC)
h-bombs were good for you. go figgure.