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Inside an 1880’s home. You can tell from the gun, rug, and antlers that this was a hunting family and from the spinning wheel that while they were fairly well-off, they still made due with what they had.
An elegant, high-ceilinged home in Cortland, New York in the 1890s. You can imagine that it would take quite the fire to keep that room warm in winter!
Here is a more middle-class parlor. Still very beautiful!
Here is an 1885 photo from VictorianChildren.org of a very posh, upper-class home. Note the palm over to the right!
Now perhaps this room borders on cluttered in our view, but just barely! You can see how people could spend a lot of time in here though, especially with that big fireplace!