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Outside toilets, gas mantles, scullery-cum-kitchen, one bedroom for a family of four or more - these were the realities of home life for most working families in our region.
But then common sense seems to be as outmoded as gas mantles these days.
Secret out, we were off to the inn's old bar where gas mantles are preserved to provide smoochy lighting.
Frank Rosen, then 18 and a recent arrival in the United States, opened a shop in Philadelphia to produce gas mantles.
Midway through discussing gas mantles he breaks off and asks "I'm surely boring you?