Web designer Dan Cederholm asks himself that question over at Simple Bits, provoking a discussion about early-20th-century analogues to Web designing and the like. Does anyone else remember the science-fiction story about a medieval serf who was "strange" because he kept thinking of flying machines and fast-moving objects with wheels, things he couldn't even begin to describe so that anyone else could understand?
Interestingly, very few commenters mention what their grandparents and great-grandparents actually were doing at that time. Sometimes that makes the retro-extrapolation pretty easy: two of my three great-grandfathers were living in Chicago in 1906--one (pictured) was a former English teacher turned manuscript reader at McClurg's publishing house, the other was a stenographer/editor/translator of Swedish sermons for the Mission-Friend movement. (The third was a Methodist preacher downstate.)
Where were "you" in 1906?
(Hat tip to kottke.org remaindered links.)