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This color educational film is about "Had You Lived Then ... America Around 1800". It presents an authentic reenactment of the daily life of a family in the early 19th century. Copyright 1969. Opening titles: America Around 1800 (:07-:23). A horse and buggy. Painting of Philadelphia around 1800. A small town with farmers. Different areas of the city. A country house. The Wilson Family lived in this six room home adjoining a farm. The bedrooms are shown (:24-1:53). The Wilson parents slept in a bed with night caps, long night shirts and heavy covers during the winter months. Wash stand. In the winter, water couldn't be left to freeze so the boys had to heat up water and bring it where it needed to go. Hands wash in soap. Water is poured into a barrel. Hands wash in a small bowl. The mother gives a boy a bath in a pot in front of the fire. A flint stone is whacked. Fire in the fireplace, fire is covered with ashes (1:54-4:16). Fire in fireplace heats water pots. A spill catches a flame and lights a candle. Brick oven. Kitchen table. Pots and tea kettles (4:17-6:04). Fresh cream into a wooded container and then the mother churns it, it's then placed into a rocker which can be kicked by anyone to keep it going. Horse and buggy. Animals on the farm. Mr. Wilson takes a horse and buggy to the general store which he owned. The store sold dry goods, household articles, china, tobacco, etc. Many people who barter over paying (6:05-7:54). Homemade apple peeler is demonstrated. An iron. Hitching weights. Horse attached to a hitching weight. A blacksmith makes horseshoes (7:55-9:49). School is a one room school house. Ben Wilson writes on a slate which was easy to wipe off a mistake. Ben learns how to write and read. Sir Walter Raleigh picture. Stagecoach (9:50-11:36). Beth Wilson took a stagecoach to a Boston boarding school. Picture drawn shows her in the stagecoach. How a stagecoach went. A tavern. Rooms of the tavern. Crossing a river by ferry or steamboats (11:37-13:20). A sitting room. Newspaper on a table. What people did in the sitting room is explained. A candle is lit. The parlor was the room in the Wilson home where they entertained. It contained a piano. Painting of a town (13:21-15:19). End credits (15:20-15:28). We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more information visit

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