The 1800's were an example of times of yore.
Days of yore.
- In or of times, or a time, long past; formerly; of old.In days of yore, a nation now poorer than of yore.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of yore
- Middle English long ago, time long past from Old English gēara, geāra long ago from genitive pl. of gēar year year
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English Ä¡Ä“ara (literally “of years"), genitive plural of Ä¡Ä“ar (“year"). More at year.