I was wondering how common it was for Victorian people to own swings (set) and fountains.
- For the wealthy fountains, for anyone with a tree and some rope, swings,both were around then.00
- Them Swinging Victorians - - - - ever seen a house with a backporch and suspended by chains a bench? Popularised by the Victorians though in American the term was not used until Modern Times !! As for tree swings, most people will hedge their bets and suggest that by the 1820's some inventive soul attached a leather sling to two ropes and hung it from the stout branch of a tree. Most likely a Seaman, perhaps a ship's Captain, since a 'bosums' chair' on a ship most resembled the modern swing set.
Not an authorative as I would wish but since I believe in credit my sources, here is a link and wordage...
"""Among the most popular items was the porch swing. In spite of its simple, folksy appearance, it had an almost magical quality. Whether seeking quiet contentment, meaningful conversation, or light-hearted reverie, all who succumbed to its charm seemed to walk away with rosier outlooks. Famed in song and story, the porch swing has also gotten credit for sparking countless romances.
In the 21st century, we are still captivated by the porch swing, which has worked its way so deeply into the fabric of our culture that it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t own one, or have fond memories of one. In fact, porch swings are becoming more popular every year. It seems that, with the increasing pressures of today’s lifestyles, it’s more important than ever to have that one connection to a more innocent, carefree time."""
As for fountains - - - many were made for public squares and such but rarely for a private residence. However a swank mansion would certainly boast of a fountain.
As for 'Soda Fountains' they started bubbling up during e 1860's in both Britain and America so they fit your timeline...
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