The Victorian Era is a name for the period from 1837 to 1901, the length of the rule of Britain’s Queen Victoria. American Victorianism was an offshoot of this period and lifestyle that occurred in the United States, chiefly in heavily populated regions such as New England and the Deep South. The name was derived from the reign of Queen Victoria, which reflected the heavy British cultural influence on the nation during the time.
As American business people of the Second Industrial Revolution created sprawling industrial towns and cities in the Northeast, the growing upper class of the Gilded Age mimicked the high society of their former mother country in dress, morality, and mannerisms. The period included various activities: the Second Industrial Revolution.
The Second Industrial Revolution, also known as the Technological Revolution, was a phase of the larger Industrial Revolution corresponding to the latter half of the 19th century until World War I. It is considered to have begun with Bessemer steel in the 1860s and culminated in mass production and the production line.
Just prior to the Second Industrial Revolution in 1860, man was still creating things to make our lives better, such as iron beds, on a much smaller scale. Workers of that period in time were known more as “craftsman”. When they constructed an iron bed,they did it by hand. The castings on each iron bed were poured by hand. The tubing for each iron bed was cut by hand and when needed, to complete the design, bent and curved by hand.
Each foundry that had their own line of iron beds, took pride in their own individual designs that set their iron beds apart from the hundreds of other small independently owned iron bed foundries.
The reason we are still uncovering iron beds that have never been seen before, close to 200 years after they were made, is due to the intense competition to stay ahead of your competitors and continually come up with new unique iron bed designs. Designs that would capture more of the iron bed market for their individual foundries.
There were no interior designers back then to tell people what iron beds would look best in their home.
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