Wednesday 11 December 2013

Dying to live at home?

                                                                                                                                                     pic: BBC
The late Victorians and the Edwardians lived through a domestic revolution. Theirs was a bold and exciting age of innovation, groundbreaking discoveries and dramatic scientific changes, many of which altered life at home in profound ways - including some that were terrible and unforeseen, writes historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb in BBC News.

1. Bread adulterated with alum
2. Boracic acid in milk
3. Exploding toilets
4. Killer staircases
5. Flammable parkesine (celluloid)
6. Carbolic acid poisoning
7. Radium (radiation poisoning)
8. The wonder material (asbestos)
9. Fridges design flaws
10. Electricity (quick & effective)

See original article for details & pics

Given our ‘progress’ in a hundred years, makes the horse-meat issue a bit passé?

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