anthony7812 wrote:How have these designs fizzled out over the years. I dont understand why folks would want a square box vs one of these stoves, so hense i question why they fizzled out? You cant tell me the market demanded square stoves over these for all these years. Beautiful craftsmanship.
A question I have puzzled over too.
Everything evolves. Evolution is far from being just an interesting biological fact. Puzzling out the reasons for the evolution of stoves means recognizing the economic as Doug pointed out as well as the technological pressures involved. Fashion also plays a big part.
The Victorian age which lasted about 60 years and longer in influence probably witnessed greater technological change than at any period, even our own. The world was their oyster and was awash with cocky, confident people sure that they had reached the apex of civilization. Their artifacts reflect that attitude with all their whimsy of design, not just in stoves but in those turreted houses as well; early cars too. We are looking at the evolution of a mind set. It is what it is.