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fashion plate 1889 What Went Before  columbia electric victoria phaeton

Every story has its prequel. The Jazz Age was preceded by the Edwardian Age (something of a misnomer, since for most middle-class Americans its effects were mainly felt after the death of King Edward VII in 1910), which itself was an outcome of and reaction against the Victorian Age of the 19th century.

Immediate Antecedents: 1901-1919

The Century the World Expanded: 1820-1920