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  •  fascinating to see how the home was (3+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, OLinda, Leo in NJ

    furnished in those days for a middle class family compared to a home today, only 70 years or so removed.  The same way with "The Honeymooners" and how a bus driver lived in a cold water flat following WWII.
    When I used to teach history or sociology, I used those TV shows to teach the students how our expectations of life has changed in only a few decades

    •  My grandfather built a new house in 1927 without (1+ / 0-)
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      electric light, which he considered a passing fad. The fact that he worked for Standard Oil, world's largest maker of kerosene for lighting had nothing to do with it.

      He soon changed his mind and had electrric wiring installed.

      Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
      I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

      by Leo in NJ on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:11:41 AM PST

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      •  my grandfather refused to buy a tractor until 1964 (2+ / 0-)
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        Leo in NJ, JeffW

        as he pointed out how unreliable the durn contraptions were compared to mules (and it was a battle to get him to switch from oxen to mules also)
        When I remodeled his home in 1984 (it was built 1875), there was a electrical socket for the fridge and another one for the TV and the electric clock.  Every other device relied on a drop cord to be used

      •  BTW Standard Oil or SO used to sell lamps (2+ / 0-)
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        Leo in NJ, JeffW

        for less than $1 each or enough to light a house for $5  to foster kerosene use and to stave off the encroachment of electrical lights.  
        However I also remember when you got bath towels, china or glasses in your washing powders or with a fill up at your local gas station (15 cent gas as well)

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