Ivan Day shapes his mince pies using traditional patterns from hundreds of years ago. Rich Preston hide caption

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A Hindu servant serves tea to a European colonial woman in the early 20th century. The British habit of adding tea to sugar wasn't merely a matter of taste: It also helped steer the course of history. Underwood & Underwood/Corbis hide caption

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A box of five Cadbury Creme Eggs in London. The confectioner's decision to change the chocolate used to make the outer shell has left many in the U.K. in "shellshock." Anthony Devlin/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Teens dance at the club on Eel Pie Island in the 1960s. Courtesy of Dan van der Vat hide caption

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"Downton Abbey's" kitchen maid (Sophie McShera) and cook (Lesley Nicol) teach Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) the basics of cooking. Many Edwardian servants had a pretty good handle on advanced cuisines, says food historian Ivan Day. Courtesy (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for Masterpiece hide caption

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