At any given time throughout history, the difference between the upper and the lower class is always apparent. Gold and jewelry were once to signal the wealth of a person. The richer a person, the more jewelry they wore. And, of course, the lower class could hardly possess any valuable asset like that. Time passed, and things changed. Now, cars and spacious mansions are the things that tell a person is rich. Well, it’s still money, just in another form.
Still, there are some exceptions. There’s something that once said that you were rich, but now it means that you’re just broke. Yes, how ironic. But like, watching these changes is so interesting as they tell us how much our society has changed. A very practical history lesson that we all can relate. So, let’s scroll down and see what we’ve got here for you. May you be surprised to know about some of them.
#1 A 35-inch TV
#2 Giant satellite dish in the yard
#3 I read once that rooms on the bottom floor of apartments used to be the more sought after ones before elevators, so poor people were usually on the higher floors
#4 Carpet in the bathroom
#5 Having extra weight meant that you had enough food to gain weight; while being thin was a sign of being poor. Very interesting how that has switched!
#6 About a hundred years ago, poor people had horses and rich people had cars
#7 Flip phones
#8 Back in the ’80s, people showed off they were rich by opening their wallets and long plastic sleeves of credit cards dropped down. Now, it just means you’re a broke-a** living off of credit
#9 Faux cherrywood paneling with avocado-colored appliances
#11 Earning $20,000 a year. That was the salary of my first career job in 1984. It was considered a good salary. Today, it’s well below the poverty line
50 years ago, the nicest homes had wallpaper, and married couples picking it out were the same caliber as middle-class couples now choosing paint colors. Today, any time I see a rental property or house for sale with wallpaper instead of a fresh coat of paint, it’s always a place that’s significantly cheaper, looks poorly managed, and is in need of repairs.
#13 White bread
Trends shifted to whole/less milled grain flour-based bread. Sold as less processed, thus natural, thus healthy, etc. to the upper class.
#14 Shag carpet covers for the toilet seat
#15 Wall-to-wall carpeting
Not just a rug, mind you. All the way from one wall to the other! It used to mean you’re rich.