In the early Victorian era, 25 to 30% of children died before reaching 5 years old. Victorian men & women used weighted wood called Indian Clubs to exercise. And doing laundry in the 1800's took many hours every week. These are a few of the things to be learned at a Saco Museum exhibit.

 

Sandra Harris

At Home in the Victorian Era is an exhibit featured at the Saco Museum in Saco, Maine now through November 9, 2014. It's a fascinating look at how our ancestors lived.  It's packed with interesting artifacts and information.

Sandra Harris
Sandra Harris

Badminton, tennis, bicycling, swimming and croquet were considered acceptable forms of exercising for men & women.  Ice skating was also on the approved list, but women needed specially made shorter dresses.

Sandra Harris

Instructions on how to exercise with the clubs.

Sandra Harris

Doing laundry just looks painful!

Sandra Harris
Sandra Harris

Looks like the Victorians loved their pets as much as we do!

Sandra Harris

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