People Who Choose To Live In A Different Time Era-1950s, Pioneer, Victorian, Renaissance or 1980s
Article by Rain San Martin
Sure there are many enthusiasts who enjoy getting dressed for a period event such as a Renaissance Faire or a fest set in the pioneer days like the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The average participant would usually return to their modern apparel and gadgets upon returning home. But there are people who in a disciplined manner, deliberately resist current fashion and technology, choosing to live with-in a time capsule cocoon.
People Who Choose To Live In The 1930s, 1940s, or 1950s Era
With shows like "Wives With Bee Hives" and "Time Warp Wives" the public is genuinely fascinated with a time that cherished old fashioned home values, feminine glamor, simple living and traditional gender roles. Even sites such as Etsy.com have hundreds of aprons to choose from set in the 1950s style.
1950s fans proclaim that this was the last era, when women took seriously the work of keeping the home, creating a relaxing haven for their family, and personally raising children themselves at a slower pace without being rushed from activity to activity. It was a more innocent time when neighbors gathered for an evening on rocking chairs and children played outdoors with out much concern for danger.
Other reasons people have embraced the mid 20th century is they enjoy:
- Baking and cooking, old fashioned hospitality
- Women dressing in an extremely figure flattering and feminine way
- Having the women serve as their husbands help mate
- Men working as the head provider and leading the family
- Wanting to escape from the pains of modern day life
The irony is that if they were truly transported back in time to the 1950s their perspective of technology would be greatly different. As the women of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were interested in current events and new technologys such as household appliances. Most were marching onward in time. They were not living in a movie set bubble.
- Extremely reclusive lifestyle: The real world is depressing for many 21 century people who seek asylum in the 1950s way of living.
- Many couples living the mid century lifestyle ironically are abstaining from having children as they feel the addition of kids would make it more difficult to sustain their time bubble.
Time Warp Wives (Swapping modern living for the 1950s, 1940s or 1930s lifestyle)
Pioneer Days - Electricity Free Living
You'll find blog posts across the web with families who are breaking away from modern day living, not only getting off of the grid, but learning how to live without any electricity at all. Many of these people are doomsday preppers. Michael Patrick Douglas as shown on the National Geographic show, "Doomsday Preppers" is instructing his family how to live off the land as protection against the population reaching a critical mass.
As stated on the National Geographic website:
"Michael makes his own clothing and shoes from animal hides – since he believes the only way to survive the earth’s imminent crumble under overpopulation will be to return to our hunter-gatherer roots. These clothes allow him to be free of relying on stores and modern economy."
Amish: A Secret Life
The Amish choose to live with pioneer area technology not because they consider it charming but because they believe that the inventions created from electricity lead to indulgence and could take away their focus on God.
They are motivated to live a life that steers clear of pride. While in the standard Christian community this would play out differently. Culturally the Amish demonstrate this discipline by:
- Uniformity in fashion set in the pioneer area
- Limitation on excessive knowledge
- Simple technology
The Amish live by the verse:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you".
2 Corinthians 6:17
Which they literally interpret to mean that they should isolate themselves from the world in order to avoid the worldly temptations of this life.
Christians however interpret the Bible to mean that they should not avoid people:
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
The Renaissance and Pirate Lifestyle
Faire patrons are not the same as vendors who travel like gypsies of yesteryear. Sword craftsmen, 15th century garment designers and minstrels venture across the states immersed in theatrical period culture. Some die hard renaissance lifestyle mavericks go so far as to speak Elizabethan at home and furnish their homes with wall sconces, castle chairs and knight statues as sold on Designtoscano.com
According to Kenny Klein's (an author, musician, and artist) personal account of the "renaissance faires" merchant life: Faire workers are highly intelligent, engage well in conversation, express themselves creativity, and are nomadic.
"People who work faire as a lifestyle (as opposed to weekenders who work a real job and do local faires on weekends) are a weird, crazy, freewheeling bunch. Most are happy as clams (or, perhaps, as turkey legs) to travel year-round working faires and living at the faire in their booth or in the campground. In the past, most had no other home than their camper, van or booth.
That changed in the '90s, when the Texas Renaissance faire (in the Houston area) sold off lots of its very large campground. Now many full time rennies own a plot of land with a makeshift house, shed or trailer in what we have come to call “Toontown,” and many winter there."
Family lives the renaissance life traveling from fair to fair
Loving Life Living The 1980s
There are those of you out there who given the opportunity would live from 1980-1989 in perpetual rewind. Whats not to love! The personal computer age, excellence in pop and rock music craft. Many of you remember it vividly and some of you possibly haven't changed your hair style since the glory days. As of this writing there may not be many people exclusively outfitting their homes with authentic technology and architecture of the 1980s, however there has been a great demand for tribute bands who are a least loving life living the 1980s on stage.
Now 1980s tribute bands have begun to pop up all over the country. Bands like Rubix Kube, Atomic Punk as Van Halen, Red Hot as Motley Crue and Who's Bad as Michael Jackson are just a few examples of the many live performing acts bringing full costume to the stage.
Van Halen Cover Band - Ain't Talkin' Bout Love
Do You Want To Bring The Past To Your Present?
How about you, do you live an extreme lifestyle set in another time era? Let's hear about it! If not, please feel free to share your observations or post links to any blogs about people who live the 1940s, 1950s, Renaissance, Pirate, Victorian, 1960s, 1970s or 1980s lifestyle in the comment section below.
Would you consider trading your current lifestyle for one from the past?
© 2013 Rain San Martin