The Gay Nineties
In the 1890's, people saw all around them their world changing. All of a sudden there is a fancy new Sears catalog sitting on your coffee table. It really adds something to the room, doesn't it? Condensed soup! It's only 10 cents! What a great time to be alive! Back then, the term "gay" simply meant happy. These people were happy to be alive in a time and place when so much was changing in a positive way.