"Sarah Chrisman’s foray into a lifeway of Victorian foods, furnishings, and technologies deftly avoids romanticizing this 1880s-90s era while presenting its pleasures and challenges. The Victorian was in many ways a companion era to the late twentieth century. It was not a time of “simplicity.” It was a time of emergence of many economic institutions and technologies we think of as distinctly modern: department stores, electric cars, telecommunications, competitive displays at home of wealth and leisure--the birthing of the consumerism that in 1899 Thorstein Veblen first called conspicuous consumption. Yet Victorians also celebrated beauty, crafts, artisanal attention to quality foods, and clever entrepreneurial endeavors that led to diversity in every new available thing. Exploring the properties of clothing, watches, bicycles, ink-- just as the households of that time, she revels in every detail. These are fascinating reflections on how each Victorian object shapes understandings of everyday life."
--Jeanne E Arnold, lead author, Life at Home in the Twenty-first Century.
If you haven't read Professor Arnold's book: I highly, highly recommend it! You'll never look at living spaces and everyday items quite the same way again. :)