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Society was very different between the USA and the UK at that time, and might account for why your observations are so different from what you saw on American TV. My parents for instance emigrated from the UK in 1957. They were about 30 years old, but neither of them had ever driven a car. Public transit was excellent in the UK so there was no real need for ...


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In addition to the excellent answers by Fred and Lucian, you also need to consider the economic situation at the time and the existing transport infrastructure. The Industrial Revolution in the UK is generally regarded as beginning in the mid-eighteenth century. By then there was already a transport system that provided for the needs of the country. In ...


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The steam engine was invented around the start of the 1700s Thomas Newcomen's 1712 atmospheric engine — itself an improvement on Thomas Savery's 1698 steam powered pump, known for being prone to explosions — still presented one major disadvantage: 80% of the steam used by the engine was wasted which was only solved by James Watt's critical addition of a ...


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As the adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention. If there isn't a perceived idea, it doesn't get invented. Things get designed to solve a particular problem. There is also the issue of the state of technology at a given time. The first issue, was the earlier steam engines were not particularly powerful, so steam engines had to evolve before they ...


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That's because you look at the problem the other way around. You are accustomed that technology develops lightning fast. In 2000 very few people had internet access, and a lot of business was done without computers. Now, a mere 20 years later, in 2021 everybody has internet access and business cannot be done without computers. (This varies per country, of ...


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American women in the 1950s and 1960s mostly DID drive cars, so the shows are authentic. The obvious reason was that the American standard of living in those days was about 50% higher than that of the UK. A more important reason, perhaps, was subtle differences in the social roles of American, versus say, British women. American men were the "CEO's"...


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