The dictionaries definition of Character is the distinctive nature of something, the quality of being individual, typically in an interesting or unusual way, strength and originality, good qualities. What better way to define a beautiful old antique iron bed.
When I think about a beds character, I can’t help but think about what was going on around it in history, when it was being used. The majority of the antique iron beds I’ve had over the years, came from the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s. Here is a very abbreviated time-line of some of the things that were taking place when these beautiful beds were being produced:
1808 – November – James Madison is elected President
1812 – War of 1812 with Britain
1815 – Napoleon finally defeated at Waterloo.
1819 – Alabama admitted as slave state, bringing the number of slave states and free states to equal numbers.
1826 – July 4. Thomas Jefferson dies shortly after 12 noon, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. He is eighty-three years old. Several hours later John Adams, aged 90, dies in Massachusetts, and the nation is struck by this remarkable coincidence.
1835 – Texas declares independence from Mexico
1848-The California Gold Rush starts
1850 – California Becomes The 31st state , Los Angeles and San Francisco become cities
1854 – The Charge of the Light Brigade , Republican Party Founded
1858 – 1859 – Theodore Roosevelt AND KAISER WILHELM BORN
1859 – Oregon admitted as State
1860 – Nov. 6 – Abe Lincoln elected President
1861- The Beginning of the Civil War , First United States Income Tax
1865- The End of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln Assassinated , Ku Klux Klan Formed
1876 – First Practical Telephone , Internal Combustion Engine , The Little Bighorn/Custer’s Last Stand
1882- Gunfight at the OK Corral
1885 – The Statue of Liberty
1891- Birth Of Basketball
1896 – First Modern Olympic Games
1899 – Aspirin is invented
1903 – WRIGHT BROTHERS FIRST FLIGHT
I bet you’ll never look at another antique iron bed again without thinking what was happening in our countries history when the original owners were using it.