Family Outings: Country Trends

Figure 1.--Here we see a family outing to Coiney Beach near New York City in 1912. Father not doubt took the snapshot.

Family outings varied from country to country. Here we are primarily talking about Europe and North America. Of course the wealthy has always been able to travel for pleasure. Only with the the industrial revolution and the creation of a large middle class and prosperous workers were the great bulk of the population able to enjoy these outings. And with the spread of this prosperity to countries in the deloping world after World War II we begin to see similar outings in these countries as well. Here there were vast differences. Many countries remained mired in traditional culture which inhibited growth. Others continued to be dominated by ethb\nic and religious divisionshich also limited growth. Leaders in many countries were impressed with socialist ideology and authoritarian government which proved an economic dead end. Only a few countries embraced democracy and capitalism. Those that did (especially the Asian Tigers) experienced econoomic growth. The number if these countries has increased in recent years. Changes in China and India in particular have resulted in spectacular ecoinomic successes lifting the largest number of people from poverty in human history. And the chaanges in social behavior has followed with more and more families enjoying the very same familiy outings initially seen in Europe and North America. We have just begin to build country outing psges.


American boys might participate in a range of family outings. The appearance of urban parks provided aange of opportunities in many cities. Family picnics into the country were popular. Hiking seems less popular in America than in European countries like America. A drive into the country in the family car seems more of the Americzan approach. This of course often ended with a picnic. And Henry Ford's Model T make the automobile afordable to the average country. Especially popular were county, and for the lucky, state fairs. There were also special expositions such a World Fairs. We note the Columbia Exposition in Chicago during 1983. There were a range of other outings such as circuses, such as the Barnum and Bailey circuses as well as smaller ones. Beach outings were also popular by the end of the 19th century, but here there were regional differences. People living along the coast could easily get to beaches. Some could even make day trips. Americans living in the mid-West had a long way to go to get to a beach, although Chicago had Lake Michigan. Only after World War II did the Middle Class have the ability to reach ocean beaches.




German children enjoyed a range of outings. Some outings may be simply playing the the stree or sidewalk near the home. Often parents set limits as to how far younger children could go. There were also trips or erands to local shops. Or perhaps see a movie at a local theater. We see many children on city side walks, although we are not sure where they are headed. Some children are checking out a Litfaßsäule. Mom might take the children out on a shopping trip. Or they might go off th visit a friends home or nearby relatives. One of the most popular outings to local city parks. We do not yet know much about German urban parks. Some boys might go by themselves. Younger boys would be escorted. Some parks had beaches on lakes. Outings to beaches were popular in Germany, although actual sea beaches were only available in far north and the teperature of the water was rargher cold. Visits to zoos were always popular. A good example is an unidentified German boy in the 1930s. Sone very good zoos were located in Germany. Parents might take children to museums making a nice family outing, Outings to local parks were of course especially popular. Family outings in the country side seem especially popular with Germans. A good example is a unidentified family on a country outing in the 1930s. We notice many photographs of German boys with bikes.





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