Alva Day's job with Pacific Power and Light must have included helping people understand why they needed to electrify their homes. We have several nice images of a roving exhibit of the wonders of the modern electric age, such as ovens, stoves, waffle irons, coffee pots, and vacuum cleaners. Here it is in Arlington, in February 1928. It looks like they hadn't yet figured out you could put the stove on top of the oven to save space.
Shows lots of the electrical things that were becoming available, as I see coffee urns, toaster, waffle maker, etc on that back shelf, the vaccum, the elctric clock. I wonder if that big curved lid that is showing could be the cover for a "mangle"? It is hard to tell for certain. This stove in the foreground is pretty much like my Grandma's firest.......and only electric stove, however, the oven was on the other side. We still have that stove within the family.
charlott on 11th April 2013 @ 7:05am
Well, that's boring!! I got up this morning, looking forward to the excitement of learning why Alva Day was in Fossil, Oregon.
I have an old combination wood/electric stove in my kitchen. When the power goes out, it makes the best bread ever.
l.e. on 11th April 2013 @ 7:10am
This was a roving exhibit. I wonder which building held the exhibit in Fossil.
Brian on 11th April 2013 @ 8:19am
The building directly behind the leaning pole that has the large electrical line running to the front of the building??
Buzz on 11th April 2013 @ 8:39am
I think I see the wringer on an electric washing machine, just in back of the clock on top of the nearest oven. I remember we had one of those and they scared me to death.
db on 11th April 2013 @ 8:41am
It actually looks like a few electrical lines. Did he string lines into the building? Notice the line coming down from the ceiling.
Brian on 11th April 2013 @ 8:49am
I remember the mangle iron as a kid. Mom could do sheets and such in no time. But that was when everything was made of cotton. I think maybe the introduction of nonwrinkle synthetics did away with those huge appliances.
I remember that it took me 25 minutes as a young girl to iron my dad's white shirts.
nels on 11th April 2013 @ 10:56am
Those toasters sitting on the back counter didn't work so great.
You had to plug it in to get it hot, then, open the side flap, stand you piece of bread against the wires. Shut the flap, then remember to open the flap and turn your slice of bread around to toast the other side.
There was no pop up when the toast was done. You had to remember to take it out before it burned.
I had lots of burned toast for breakfast when I was a kid.
l.e. on 11th April 2013 @ 11:17am
Ha! Ha! That toaster is just like the one we had. We used to tell our mother that she really worshiped us, because she offered us so many burnt offerings, every morning for breakfast. Burnt toast, scorched, lumpy corn meal mush. Aah those were the days. It really helped you work up an appetite for supper.
Lesa on 4th May 2013 @ 7:54pm