With Art & Industry: 1890-1920
Clues What do photographs tell us about domestic life in Illinois?

49 Nordstrom Bedroom, 1900's [13k]

By the late 1890s photography was easy and inexpensive. George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, boasted that it was a popular pastime for amateurs. Some of the many photographs taken show interiors and are used by historians today to document home life and furnishings one hundred years ago. Photographs do not tell the entire story, however, and can present biased views of the past. For example, very few photographs taken before 1920 show the interior of farm or working class homes. To see photographs of the Nordstrom house in 1900 go to:

Art in the Home Activity

Teco vases, 1895-1922

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