Did you know that in 1877 both Charles Cros of France and Thomas Edison in America invented the phonograph? Or that in 1870, Jules Verne released not one but two novels? The University of Minnesota has a wonderful archives of time lines, not just for 19th Century.
At this site you learn that The Boston Globe wasn't always here, neither was the U.S. Post card. But by the end of the decade these items, as well as, many others were available.
Historical writers need to do research, so we don't have the postcard being sent before it was available, for example. I've found this site to be a wonderful place to start my research on everyday items and when they were available.
Visit the link above and then go to my website. There you can enter a contest to win a copy of SALVATION BRIDE. Just find an event that happened in 1873 and leave a comment about it on my guestbook (link can be found at the bottom of the HOME page).
Be sure and leave a message here, too, and you could win a "Smart Women Read Romance" T-shirt.....also, be sure to leave your e-mail, so I can contact you if you win....