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*Electric Home 1919

See the electric car, central vac, electric toaster and cigar lighter and more in this 1919 silent film ad for GE. (However the electric home still has a servant.) And now we can’t get enough of the AC stuff. One of these days, I’m getting me a treadle sewing machine…


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

8 thoughts on “*Electric Home 1919

  1. Once, years ago at Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, I saw an exhibit on the history of electric power. One thing I learned there was that Edison hired inventors to develop electric gadgets so that people would want to hook their houses up to electricity. The electric light was not enough. Lots of people were perfectly satisfied with their gas lights. To sell electric power, they had to also sell appliances that would use electricity. Anyway, thanks for the post.

  2. If I had a bigger house, I’d have a treadle sewing machine. (Though I love my computerized one.) And I would use it. I know someone with FOUR machines so she doesn’t have to change the thread colors all the time. I think the treadle would have red thread. But it’s never going to happen…

    1. That’s my h’s reasoning, about the house, but they aren’t that big, imo. With leaf down, one table I asked about online was 18″ wide by 36″ long… What sewing machine do you have? (When my book sells…)

  3. Memory Craft 9000. If you go up a step, I think they are programmable, however. I can buy an attachment of some sort to make mine programmable, but haven’t done that yet. I would LOVE doing that, but sewing is not a very big part of my live at the moment.

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