This morning when I sat down at my computer…..no internet service. Arrrggh!! I got it up and running after a while but not without a little frustration. Soon after while researching for today’s post I came across a photo I had taken. The photo actually stopped me in my tracks and made me reflect. I had risen this morning to the sounds of my clock radio. I had turned on the light in the bathroom to brush my teeth. I had plugged in the kettle to make a cup of tea. I had cooked my oatmeal in the microwave. I had started the dishwasher. And of course there is always another load of laundry to do so I started that too. So by the time I sat down in front of my computer, with or without internet service, I had used electricity several times; without even thinking about it. I had subconsciously assumed it would be available to serve me in all my requirements. And it had. So when I saw this photo I realized how fortunate I am to have electricity. Most houses were connected to electricity in the 1920’s to 1930’s. This photo showing an advertisement from the February 1925 issue of The Ladies Home Journal magazine stating “Does the Home You Love Love You?” gave me a reality check. With the introduction of electricity into the home the method of boiling water, cooking food, ironing clothing, cleaning house, heating bath water or warming baby’s milk became as easy a “pressing a button – or pushing a plug into a handy convenience outlet”. In the advertisement Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company asked if your beautiful home gave you anything back in return for the love you bestowed upon it. “Does it make your days easier and your evenings brighter? It both can and does, if it is an electrified home.” Remarkable!! Could you imagine life without ‘appliances’? And I was annoyed because my internet was slow.
All images via Modmissy