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Friday, January 11, 2013

Science Marches On!

The wonders of Electricity!  What did folks foresee in 1919?  Radio direction finders!  Dental x-Rays!  Electric light baths!  Electric washing machines -- with a motor-driven wringer!  Electric stove!  Electric cooking utensils!  Vacuum cleaners!  Even, if you can believe it, a dish-washing machine!

No wonder the great age of Science Fiction was about to dawn!  This was the Future, man, an electric thrill in store for everyone!  Hoo-ah!

I especially like the demure young Lady Electricity, emblematic of a less provocative age of clothing.
from the 1919 New York Electrical Show illustrated in the December 1919 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine 

5 comments:

  1. What is an "electric light bath"? Is it some kind of tanning booth, or a do-it-yourself electrocution kit?

    The lid with the cutouts for the woman's neck reminds me of a guillotine...

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    1. Probably a pop-medicine treatment. They seem to have had someone soaking people in ANYTHING that was "Scientific!"

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  2. It's a tad more difficult to post a response here to this entry [or other other entries, for that matter] when you neglect to add a link to your LiveJournal page, Michael.

    I'm fascinated by the "electric light bath" and "electric dairy".

    Those must have caused the most titillating effect.


    JJB

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  3. "Civilizations fall because people bitch and complain when the electricity is off for fifteen minutes, and never give a thought to the fact that it has been on for their entire lives." --Bill Whittle

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