Modern life is full of facilities and services. Moreover, we are so accustomed to such means that we cannot even imagine what it would be like to live without. Many of the objects and services we enjoy daily came shortly after World War II.
This means that many products we buy today are not even that old . Cutlery, for example, has only been introduced in western and northern Europe over the past two centuries. Do you know which objects and services also came up recently? Check out our list.
1 – Sofas
The couches first appeared in the royal court of France. Therefore, in the late 1600s, artists began to portray French nobles lying on the magnificent invention. However, the sofas of the time were nothing like what we have today. The first example of something we could recognize as a sofa was created in 1700 by Lord Chesterfield. The object became a hit among the British upper classes. By contrast, the rise of the sofa occurred with the emergence of radio and television.
2 – Highways
In the United States, the road system was not put into practice until 1956. According to official documents, Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, president of the country at the time, aimed to eliminate bad roads and inefficient routes to ensure fast and safe travel. During World War II, the president traveled to Germany to learn about the road system project there. Eisenhower then returned to the US determined to do the same. The US interstate highway system was declared complete only in 1992.
3 – Dinner Games
In medieval times, the food to be eaten was placed in a wooden bowl. Wooden bowls were more practical and cheaper to make. In contrast, you ate in tin bowls. This scenario changed in the 1600s and 1700s. During this period, the European nobility had direct contact with the eastern culture. On the other hand, few could buy oriental porcelain. It was only then in the 1900s that the population of the United Kingdom and the United States began to dine on ceramic plates.
4 – Novels
The birth of the novel coincided with literacy. However, before the emergence of soap operas, the books were not fiction. The existing works served as a reference or guide for a learned or wealthy elite. Few could buy books. When a large part of the population began to literate, novels began to be produced. The former were based on actual facts. Most were biographies of people who earned fame. The novel as we know it today emerged in the early nineteenth century.
5 – Picnics
The tradition is french. The French who were exiled because of the French Revolution brought the custom to Britain and America in the late 1700s. In addition, the picnic was usually done indoors, not in open areas. Usually someone would provide the venue and guests would bring food and drink.
6 – Supermarkets
Store chains first appeared in the United States in the 1920s. By contrast, the first supermarket appeared in Britain in the 1930s. Now, the retail world we know today emerged only in the 1960s, with the appearance of large supermarkets.
7 – Oven
The first cast iron furnaces were made in 1700. In 1830, the first compact iron furnaces were marketed. The modern product we know today won the houses of the West in 1920.