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Victorian Era Bedroom

Set to approximately 1890


The Victorian age saw the end of the rope bed, and beds were now supported by wooden slats. Coil springs came about in 1865. Beds were made from metal or wood.  They were usually high off the ground, due to cold drafts that were near the floor area.  Beds were smaller then, not due to height or the myth that people slept sitting up, it just how they were made. Furniture changes over time as people’s taste changes.  


This spinning wheel is an example of an early nineteenth century “walking wheel” made specifically for spinning wool.

 The role of the spinning wheel in early homes is a big part of an often told story of the American past. When we see a spinning wheel, it raises images of a time when the country was young and life was very different from today. Most of us can imagine an image of a woman in an old-fashioned dress sitting by a cozy fire with her spinning wheel, spinning the yarn for her family’s clothes.  


White Sewing Machines

From the late 1800s until the 1950s, White machines were a common sight in countless homes across the US, particularly in the South. In 1858, Thomas White created the very first White models, which are still in use today.

The young inventor, who was just twenty-two years old, found himself forced to sell his creations one by one in order to get the components necessary to build another!

In a very short time, this enthusiastic young entrepreneur established the White Sewing Machine Company.

Sears Roebuck & Co. and the firm created a partnership in the 1920s that led to the company being their only sewing machine manufacturer.


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