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When did electric lighting & running water become common in European homes? How...

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harbour | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 2, 2008 at 8:40 PM via web

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When did electric lighting & running water become common in European homes? How about hygiene WC/baths in Austria around 1890-1915?

I'm looking for little details pertaining to everyday life in Austria between 1890 and the 1930s. 

I'm interested in how normal working class and lower middle class people lived, ate, dressed, spent their time, washed themselves, etc. etc. etc... and any information you could give me would be much appreciated.

Most info available only deals with American history or very superficially covers this era in European history, so any recommendations you have for reading material on this would be wonderful.  Thank you! :)

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM (Answer #1)

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Most of the normal working class live in four (or five) story apartment buildings or live in high-rise buildings, single-family homes etc. while the lower middle class lives in farmhouses usually made of stone and wood accompanied with a bell tower.

A typical Austrian would spent their mornings with a simple breakfast of coffee or milk and bread with butter or jam, and as a midmorning snack, they will eat a simple sausage served with mustard on a hard roll. For lunch, they will eat a set meal- a soup, sausage ( their choice meat preference or anything else), Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal), chicken, beef, pork or fish, accopanied with fresh vegetables, dumplings, noodles or potatoes.

They do sometimes watched plays in theatres and also classical arts and graphical arts in museums.

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