The Good Old Days - They Were Terrible!
He accompanies each set of pictures with descriptions of what times were like back then. He covers topics such as Air, Traffic, Housing, Rural Life, Work, Crime, Health, Education, and so on. Often when I'm doing my research, I'm lulled into a sense that life a hundred years ago was more romantic and somehow simpler. When I start feeling that way, I take Mr. Bettmann's book down from my shelf and reread a few of his stories. Then I look at his picutres. Believe me, we've never had it so good! This work gives you a good feel for the conditions that existed when central heating was being developed. There are some terrific sociological perspectives here that will lead you to greater insights into the "whys" of the technical side of things - if you keep a watchful eye.