My great-grandparents, Grace and William Lang, on their farm in Barberton, Ohio, circa 1915.
Great-grandparents. What is it that makes them so great?
We may think they’re old-fashioned, but they’re probably looking down at us from the Big Beyond and laughing their heads off. Way before any of us hipsters and non-hipsters of the 18 to 45-year-old demographic were trying our hands at home canning, making our own clothes, growing gardens, brewing, and building homes, they were doing just this. And they were probably doing it better. And they had electric cars.
In this blog, I’d like to explore the skills, styles, and events of past generations - people our grandparents and great-grandparents’ ages - and show how their ingenuity, creativity, and know-how are just as relevant today as they were in 1915. Hipsters they weren’t. And they definitely weren’t pretentious. But they had mad skills and weren’t afraid to use them.
We could stand to learn a lot from Old Worldsters. If we take a few cues from old-timers like Grace and William, we might just take a few steps into the future.