In Edwardian times food became very important socially. However there was a huge difference between what rich and poor people ate. The rich spent a lot of money on food and its preparation. The poor, however, had barely enough food for one decent meal a day.
Wedding Ensemble, by H Co., American, 1903. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Large ensembles of bridal attire rarely survive intact, a fact that makes this group of eighteen pieces unusual and special. This set shows what a bride of 1903 considered to be essential garments for her wedding day and night. The set was made and worn by donor's mother, Iza Bernice Shelton. Miss Shelton married Dr. Abel Wilson Atwood on July 7, 1903 at the home of her parents in Brooklyn.
Meals were served by servants who were expected to be faultlessly clean, polite and competent. Mealtimes included breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and there were a lot of dishes to choose from.