The big thing in the 1800s was the fountain pen, which used a steel point and an inkwell. The late 1800s brought us a fountain pen with its own self-contained ink, which meant not having to dip the pen in an inkwell.
The famous ballpoint pen was patented by John H. Loud, an American inventor, in 1888. The pen didn’t see much use until World War II, but pilots started using ballpoint pens because they wouldn’t leak at high altitudes. The pens became much more popular after the war, and are a popular choice today.
The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony. (ACHHK096)
By the 1830s and 1840s Australia was receiving an increasing number of free settlers (as opposed to convicts) but there was still a huge labour shortage. People on farms needed labourers to clear the land, plant crops and take care of animals. The expanding settlement meant that convict labour was not sufficient. Employers were forced to increase the wages they offered to workers in order to compete for their labour.
The style of dressing for women in the 1800''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s differs greatly from the normal fashions of today. Back then, clothes were designed to help keep warm during winter. It is still possible to dress like they did back then.
How long did humans live in the past? We often hear statistics about the average lifespan of people living hundreds, even thousands, of years ago. Were our ancestors really dying at the age of 30 or 40 back then? Here’s a little primer on longevity throughout history to help you understand how life expectancy and life spans have changed over time.
The term life expectancy means the average lifespan of an entire population , taking into account all mortality figures for that specific group of people.
By Kathy Belt In the September/October 2012 issue , a reader wanted to know what homesteading life in the 1800s was like. Here’s my reply. I am a bit of a history nut. I have spent many years engaged in accurate historical re-enactment. (Think Ren Faire but with no turkey legs.) So your question about what simple homesteading life in the 1800s looked like prompted me to write.
First—when talking about life in the 1800s, do you mean the early 1800s? Before the advent of canning, telegraph, railroads, and sewing machines? Or are you talking late the 1800s? If the latter—just talk to any member of an Amish community about their simple homesteading lifestyle. If you are talking about the early 1800s—that’s a completely different matter. I would recommend visiting historic Williamsburg, Virginia.