1900-1910

General Motors

General Motors was the first America-economized company to earn more than $1 billion a year and to become a staple of the rising economy of the 1900s. GM dominated the America markets and for a majority of the 20th Century. In addition, the structural management of the GM shaped much of the way businesses were run in the early 1900s.

General Motors influenced everyday life through allowing for people to travel further and further away from the place they originated. This allowed for the average American family to move further from the city, while still allowing for the family and workers to travel to work and the market. Ultimately this spread culture out to the suburbs and spread people further and further apart.

Coney Island

Coney island provided the first luxurious getaway for the poor and working class Americans. Before Coney Island, there was no room or time for the working class to enjoy themselves and take off from work. With the start of the Industrial Revolution, poor families began to earn enough money to afford more than just the bare necessities of life and Coney island began to become a practical idea.

Here, hot dogs began to become a staple of American culture and also the ideal fair food that we still enjoy today. Rollercoasters were the main attractions and drew people far and wide to enjoy the ups and downs of the ride; something we still have at all amusement parks.

Electric Appliances

Electricity began to become a modernized hero in the 1900's. Before, there was not much opportunity to have excess of food, work at night without a candle, and much of the day's productivity stopped by nightfall. Women's full-time job was to cook, clean, and do laundry just to provide for their family. With the use of electricity, we began to see the creation of modern inventions that we still see today, such as the refrigerator.

Electrical appliances shortened the amount of time that everyday tasks took, allowing women to focus on more than just work and more on the family. As well, preserving food became easier and the average family was able to have more to eat available. Food items did not go to waste and this began to descent into frugal ways for families that did not have as much as those in the upper class.