Plunging into 1904

1904.  What happened then — in the world?  in Wisconsin?  in the town my character lives in?  So far, I know that Teddy Roosevelt was reelected as President that November, the Progressive Party was actively fighting political corruption, new railroads were sprawling across the country, automobiles as well as horse-drawn vehicles (including stage coaches) traveled the rutted roads, and Veterans of the Civil War were still young enough to be active in civilian life.  That’s a start.  What I need to know is what happened at home and in school.  What were the fashions?  What toys were popular?  What were children reading?  What games did they play?  What items had to be purchased at the local store?  Did the post office deliver mail to houses?  Did Sears have a catalogue for kids to pour over before Christmas?  Were Christmas trees the custom, or stockings hung for gifts?  I need the stuff of daily life.  I’ve given myself until Christmas to come up with rough outlines for at least four stories.  These will be stories for children with, I hope, a broad enough scope to interest adults.  People don’t change, but the trappings of life do and the trappings make a difference in our lives.  My fingers are crossed that I’ll find wonderful info as I plunge into 1904.     


About Sharon Hart Addy

Writing is the monkey on my back. Sometimes it's great fun and sometimes it -- well, things can't be fun all the time, but it's still engrossing even when I chew my nails and scratch my head while searching for inspiration. Fiction is my particular fondness. Writing it and reading it.
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