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Do You Know What's Victorian And What's Edwardian?

Can you keep your British historical eras straight?

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Hmm, that's not quite right. The Victorian era lasted from 1837 to 1901. The Edwardian era (aka the Downton Abbey-ish era) came after, lasting from 1901 to 1914, by some accounts.

  1. The Titanic

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Though the Titanic did not set out on its disastrous course until 1912, construction began on March 31, 1909.

  2. The Singer Sewing Machine

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Isaac Merrit Singer patented his sewing machine in 1851, landing squarely in the Victorian era.

  3. Howards End by E.M. Forster

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Forster's novel was first published in 1910, just as the end of the Edwardian era.

  4. The Christmas Card

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Henry Cole and J.C. Horsley invented the first Christmas card in 1843 to respond to the stacks of Christmas greetings Cole received.

  5. The Knapsack Parachute

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Though the idea for the parachute dates back many centuries, Paul Letteman and Kathchen Paulus invented the method of folding a parachute into a knapsack in 1890.

  6. On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Darwin's revolutionary publication first reached the masses in 1859 and we're still debating it to this day.

  7. Air Conditioning

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Willis Carrier invented the first modern air conditioning unit in 1902.

  8. Comic Books

    Via <a href="ukcomics.wikia.com Comics Wiki</a>
    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The 1874 comic Funny Folks is thought to be the first comic book.

  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Emily Brontë published her masterpiece under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell" in 1847.

  10. Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Einstein first discussed his theory of relativity in a 1905 academic paper.

  11. Stainless Steal

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Harry Brearley is credited with inventing true stainless steel in 1913, though it depends on your definition of stainless steel.

  12. Chocolate Easter Eggs

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    Victorian
    Edwardian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    J.S. Fry produced the first chocolate easter egg in the U.K. in 1873.

Do You Know What's Victorian And What's Edwardian?

You didn't get that many, but how could you have known? Period dramas really should be more historically accurate. Maybe you should try again!

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