But as much as I love that era, I don't think I'd ever be able to live in it. I'm far too addicted to my mod-cons. I need my iPad, and my microwave, and my wifi internet access. But apparently there's a whole host of men and women out there who are choosing to live that lifestyle today.
The video below is a documentary I found that follows three women who've chosen to be "Vintage Wives", showing their lives and the sacrifices they've had to make to live like that. Sure, it's a bit cutesy, but it's definitely worth a watch if you're into that sort of thing. It goes for about 20 minutes though, so make sure you set a bit of time aside before pressing play.
I found it interesting that the three women seemed to have one thing in common, they used their lifestyles as an escape from the rest of the world. They didn't really want to be part of it, preferring to socialise with other Vintage Lifestylers. The documentary seemed to insinuate that this was a bad thing, that they were running away, but that seemed a bit harsh to me. Sure, they were actively avoiding the 21st Century, but that was because they'd found something that suited them better.
Either way, it was fascinating to see the amount of detail that had gone into their homes, their clothes, how they did their housework, and how they navigated the "real" world when they couldn't avoid it. I really don't think I could do it, but more power to them!
What do you guys think? Could you live like these people?