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Quotation of the Day…

Posted By Don Boudreaux On January 21, 2012 @ 7:25 am In Cleaned by Capitalism,Everyday Life,Growth,History,Housing,Standard of Living,Uncategorized,Video | Comments Disabled

… is from page 44 of Liza Picard’s fascinating account of life in mid-18th-century London, Dr. Johnson’s London [1]:

The kind of space we take as normal, at least separating children from parents at night, and having a room for sitting and watching the television and doing homework, was a luxury only the prosperous enjoyed.

Here [2] – and here [3] – are two earlier blog posts using material from Ms. Picard’s informative 2000 book.

And while life for middle-class Londoners 150 afterward was far superior to what it was while Samuel Johnson still breathed and harangued and shed light, that life – circa 1900 – remained by our standards dangerous, dreary, dirty, and difficult [4].

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[1] Dr. Johnson’s London: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0312291531/qid=1084017246/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-9906493-3283169?v=glance&s=books

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[3] here: http://cafehayek.com/2010/08/even-king-george-ii-had-an-official-bugg-destroyer-to-shoo-bugs-from-his-palaces-furniture-and-curtains.html

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