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Behind the Closed Door: Privacy by Design in 19th-Century Houses

She knocked at the parlor door, “and was answered by a low ‘come in.’ She opened it, entered, and closed it.” (Eliza Meteyard, Mainstone’s Housekeeper, 1864) Yes, that’s right. Doors—like the one in this novel from the 1860s—were generally kept … Continue reading

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Bridget, Mary, Hannah, and John: Who Were the Bartow Servants?

In the nineteenth century, a lot of people lived in the Bartow mansion, but not all of them were named Bartow. As anyone who has watched Downtown Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs knows, that’s because the household included live-in servants. Servant … Continue reading

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