New York Electrical Show Illustration, 1919.

After World War I and during the 1920s, electrical applicances spread rapidly to American households and workplaces, particularly in urban areas. The 1919 Electrical Exposition in New York City displayed many of the new devices for putting electricity to work.

How did the proposed uses of electricity promise to reshape the workplace and home?

What consequences were anticipated for housewives, in particular, for whom “wash day” could now be “joy day”?


“New York Electrical Show.” The Electrical Experimenter. December, 1919, 761.

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