Imagine, for a moment, that you have been magically transported back in time to the 1930s, anywhere in the industrialized world. Imagine also, if you will, that you have been transported for a particular reason: you are a journalist who has been asked to write a feature article on changes in everyday life between now and then. Your editor has wished you luck, leaving you by yourself to settle back into the comfortable padded seating of the time capsule.