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Offline tooki

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1915 Electrical appliances
« on: March 31, 2018, 12:25:37 pm »
Because I’ve always wanted a ceiling-mounted soldering iron hanging at eye level! (6:02)

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2018, 12:32:21 pm »
Yea you put your finger near the wrong place in about a dozen areas and say goodbye to it LOL.  ???
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2018, 01:02:50 pm »
The car was an electrical car  8), a Tesla precursor  :-DD !!!
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2018, 01:43:36 pm »
Great peek at the way we once were.  If you could afford electricity you could afford a maid.  You just stuck a cigar you were smoking into your pocket.  And we were so worried about tripping hazards that we festooned rooms with overhead mains feeds.  Easy to duck past.
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2018, 04:39:30 pm »
The car was an electrical car  8), a Tesla precursor  :-DD !!!

In the very early 1900s, electric cars were often for women. EAT THAT TESLA! :-DD
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2018, 05:01:43 pm »
"Chafing dish" and "luncheon" are two words not often heard these days. And coffee percolators are devices not often seen these days either.
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2018, 05:10:52 pm »
There were really no roads between cities back then anyway, you had to take a train. So they couldn't travel over ten miles  or so regardless. The car companies sold you charging stations, you were expected to make it back home.

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2018, 05:11:55 pm »
The electrically heated shaving dish... and what's that other thing in the bathroom? They certainly had just as many useless gadgets then as now!
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2018, 05:15:10 pm »
The electrically heated shaving dish... and what's that other thing in the bathroom? They certainly had just as many useless gadgets then as now!

They even had electric anal warmers and mains powered vibrators... ::) :scared:
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2018, 05:22:11 pm »
They even had electric anal warmers and mains powered vibrators... ::) :scared:
Not sure why it would need to be warmed.
The "Hitachi Magic Wand" is still mains powered and quite popular :P
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2018, 05:53:56 pm »
They even had electric anal warmers and mains powered vibrators... ::) :scared:
Not sure why it would need to be warmed.
The "Hitachi Magic Wand" is still mains powered and quite popular :P

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The device consisted of a 4.25 inch probe which was plugged into the wall and then inserted into the rectum.
When plugged in, a blue light bulb lit up to tell you it was working to restore your manly vitality. Brings new meaning to the phrase “blue light special.”
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2018, 06:04:44 pm »
Yikes, that doesn't sound the least bit pleasant.
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2018, 06:12:17 pm »
I thought the fetish for sticking blue lights on things was a modern phenomenon!   ;D
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2018, 06:45:57 pm »
There were really no roads between cities back then anyway, you had to take a train.

In your neck of the woods perhaps, but here in Europe we've had roads since the Romans built them for us (well, to oppress us really, but they proved useful once the Romans buggered off). Many of Britain's primary routes follow the path of Roman roads for some or all of their lengths.
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2018, 07:05:23 pm »
You certainly can't just hang up a JBC or Hakko on the ceiling like that. Ah, those were the days!
 
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2018, 07:07:39 pm »
How's he supposed to get home?  Call an Uber on his iPhone?
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2018, 07:40:49 pm »
I'm sure there were plenty of fake electrical devices marketed at bringing good health back then.

I've just had a spooky thought: everyone in that film, apart from possibly the child, are certainly dead!
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2018, 08:03:29 pm »
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People in the early days of radio may not have had electricity in their home but would take their radio battery(ies) into town to the garage or radio shop to get recharged.
My gradfather would take radio batteries or accumulators to the local chemist to get them recharged, there was a sign advertising accumulator recharging painted onto the chemists window and it was still there in the 1960s.
 

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2018, 09:15:00 pm »
The car was an electrical car  8), a Tesla precursor  :-DD !!!

In the very early 1900s, electric cars were often for women. EAT THAT TESLA! :-DD
Where did you think the Grandma Ducks moving phone booth did come out. :D

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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2018, 03:30:13 pm »
You certainly can't just hang up a JBC or Hakko on the ceiling like that. Ah, those were the days!
hang up  :palm:  and for half an hour work with solder  :box:  strengthen a week at the gym   :-DD
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2018, 07:18:02 pm »
Hiya

If you think this is bad - try looking up the Victorian treatment for drowning!!   :scared:

They even had electric anal warmers and mains powered vibrators... ::) :scared:
Not sure why it would need to be warmed.
The "Hitachi Magic Wand" is still mains powered and quite popular :P

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Invented in 1918, this device promised to “stimulate the abdominal brain!” (I am not sure what that is, although men have long been accused of thinking with it).
The device consisted of a 4.25 inch probe which was plugged into the wall and then inserted into the rectum.
When plugged in, a blue light bulb lit up to tell you it was working to restore your manly vitality. Brings new meaning to the phrase “blue light special.”
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2018, 08:18:23 am »
All of those twin lead ungrounded appliances, and the exposed belts, and the exposed heating elements, it's a wonder that they survived. The hot soldering iron at eye level was the best bit though.
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2018, 01:35:29 pm »
Interesting video.

No radios of course, as coffin radios were just beginning in the early 1920's.

These people had no concept of safety. "Mrs Wise" was risking losing her fingers to the washing machine, and her frilly dress could easily have been ripped off in front of the visitor. The hot soldering iron dangling from the ceiling was another safety hazard. And the equipment did not seem to have an earth - just two wires. Edison cared more about money than safety.

I noticed the maid looked Caucasian, meaning it probably came from New York which had a fledgling movie industry at the time, or some other more progressive northern state.
 
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2018, 02:11:13 pm »
All of those twin lead ungrounded appliances, and the exposed belts, and the exposed heating elements, it's a wonder that they survived. The hot soldering iron at eye level was the best bit though.

Well, I grew up in a world where exposed heating elements were pretty normal in electric fires, and even as an inquisitive child with a tendency to poke things through the bars and touch the glowing element I survived quite well without any burns or electric shocks.

Survival is about adapting to your environment and managing the dangers around you. Danger is always present and it is foolish to think you can take it away. I dare say when people try too hard to remove dangerous things from the world around us the quality of life is reduced.
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Re: 1915 Electrical appliances
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2018, 05:23:56 pm »
My little old lady neighbor still has ungrounded sockets in most of the house. Some rooms do have grounds like the kitchen and bathroom and I think maybe the bedrooms. There's definately no GFI anywhere though. :scared:
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