Way Back When: Electrifying News on the Homefront
By Betsy J. Green
Last year, I wrote about an ad for an electric iron that suggested that housewives should plug it into a lightbulb socket. (You can see more about that in the April chapter of “Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1918.”)
This month, there was an ad from the local electrical company that told people to “stop climbing chairs or stepladders to connect up your electrical devices ... install electrical outlets that snuggle close into the baseboard, wall, or floor … Every new home, these days, if planned by a thoughtful architect has ample outlets. Every old home should have them.”
Imagine standing on a chair every time you wanted to plug in your iron!
(Image: Santa Barbara Morning Press, March 22, 1919)