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Friday, March 1, 2013

Fun Friday: The Home Electrical - 1915

The Museum of Innovation and Science in New York has a pretty vast online archive of historical industrial films. Many of these films were made by GE to introduce their customers to their new products. This one is almost 100 years old was used to introduce the concept of having electrical appliances in the home-an idea that was very cutting edge at the time. Electrical appliances, while modern marvels, were sort of scary to folks back then. So GE makes a point of showing how safe these machines were. I'm sure a modern fire marshall would have some issues with the exposed wires, but 1915 was a less regulated era. My favorite bit not really an appliance, but I like the electric car the shown in the film. Almost 100 years later and they are making a comeback. Spoiler alert: I also think its pretty funny how they gather around the electric heater at the close of the film. Enjoy!

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