History Brief: Electricity and Its Impact in the 1920s

History Brief: Electricity and Its Impact in the 1920s

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In this video, the impact of electrification of homes during the 1920s is discussed. Cleaner homes, new household goods, and improved health and eyesight are noted.


  1. Albert Ramos on November 13, 2022 at 6:59 am

    The unappreciated man,making life easier for every one.

  2. Jorge Ponce on November 13, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Great job.

  3. madbear3512 on November 13, 2022 at 7:00 am

    You always put 100% good non half ass work in your videos. The decade was my favorite as far as history is concern. Great video

  4. Nathan Byrum on November 13, 2022 at 7:02 am

    My father was born in 1948. He grew up on a farm in a very rural area. They did not get electricity until 1957.

  5. Political Gypsy on November 13, 2022 at 7:05 am

    the first beast.

  6. Rosella A Alm-Ahearn on November 13, 2022 at 7:05 am

    I was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. We had a refrigerator at home. I didn’t see an ice box until my mother and I came to Los Angeles, California in 1947. I thought it was amazing that someone would deliver Ice in a big block three times a week.

  7. Paul Cheek on November 13, 2022 at 7:05 am

    wonder how primitive we will look in 100 yrs

  8. Ray Fridley on November 13, 2022 at 7:06 am

    The one thing that I remember about electricity from the 1920s: Knob and tube wiring. My family used to spend their vacation in New England’s beaches on the Atlantic. The cottage we rent were built either during or before the 1920s. Inside, one could see the separate, insulated wires that ran between small insulators on the ceiling to pull-chain fixtures. Sometimes, there would be a turn switch on the wall next to a door. Very few plug-in wall outlets. I thought, if we purchased a cottage with this, the first thing to do is to re-wire it.

  9. Electric Universe Eyes on November 13, 2022 at 7:07 am

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  10. Richard Ray on November 13, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Thank you

  11. Alphonso Carioti on November 13, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Disney’s Carousel of Progress at 2:50

  12. TheMinnie419 on November 13, 2022 at 7:10 am

    I bought a house in Oklahoma that was built in 1905. It was a beautiful home with lots of room. However, all of the light switches and electrical outlets were above the 3-12 to the 4 ft high mark on the wall. I investigated and found that they didn’t get electricity until the 1907’s. It was a wonderful home for me and I loved it. It was two story and the closets were made from any extra room between the rooms and the roof. The kitchen was made from a back porch so the floor was lower than the rest of the house. It was just delightful.

  13. ef zapp on November 13, 2022 at 7:10 am

    My grandparents’ home was built in 1905 and originally did not have electricity. When it was installed the outlets were only put on the outer walls. Luckily, they did put in ceiling lighting also. My husband and I lived in that house when we first married. Loved the big rooms and the tall ceilings but so few outlets made life a game. Don’t overload the circuits!

  14. KRB52 on November 13, 2022 at 7:13 am

    I love that washing machine ad, "More manageable than servants."  Just try putting that in an ad now!

  15. CrampedGrampy on November 13, 2022 at 7:13 am

    My dad in 1950 showed me an Edison Bulb that was lighting the milk house attached to the barn; around that time I clearly remember dad exclaiming his concern for the electric bill. Keeping in mind the time and the finances of the era, I laugh now at the $5 he was genuinely concerned with. I imagine that $5 then is not much off the value of, say, $150 today. Like the video, thankee!

  16. marbleman52 on November 13, 2022 at 7:16 am

    There were many rural areas that did not get electricity until well after WWll and even into the 50’s.

  17. Meno Passini on November 13, 2022 at 7:17 am

    What made electricity affordable and practical was finally deciding on AC over Edison’s DC power and standardized voltage, ampage and cycles. Before that you needed to buy appliances that worked on what your electric co. Produced. If you traveled the world you see different countries have different electric standards and you needed adapters to plug in devices. Imagine if there were competing systems within one country. Telsa’s AC induction motor was a vast improvement. Inventors had battery powered motors since 1830’s. Many Radiio were battery powered because of the different systems, but you could buy the right battery. After a while the called them Farm Radios because there was little Rural electrification and Farmers bought them.. They became a necessity when daily weather forecasts and commodity prices were broadcasted were implemented.

  18. Lynn Rahn on November 13, 2022 at 7:18 am

    Who knew that over 100 years and due to green energy costs we are going back to candles and oil as it is much cheaper. Hydro is no longer affordable.

  19. David G Austin on November 13, 2022 at 7:19 am

    Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress wasn’t exactly a "model home." It was designed as a showcase for how electricity changed home life through the first 60 years of the 20th Century. Just a minor point of clarification.

  20. David Tosh on November 13, 2022 at 7:20 am

    Mazda Edison style light bulbs are popular in the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s in larger cities and urban areas.

  21. Scratch Dog 22 on November 13, 2022 at 7:23 am

    I’m working on a 100+ yr. old Victorian in Boston,Ma. USA. It has original gas and electric lights. Both fixtures are very pretty and ornate. Nice old stuff.

  22. Muonium on November 13, 2022 at 7:24 am

    One supposes in another hundred years the 1990s will be most thought of for adoption of the personal computer, the 2000s will be remembered as "the internet age", the 2010s as "the era of the smartphone", and I suspect the 2020s are going to be "the advent of self-driving cars".

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  24. Garlic Girl on November 13, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Some even 1940s.

  25. Tony Perek on November 13, 2022 at 7:27 am

    I love seeing those old videos on how things developed and how they used to be. Keep them coming.

  26. Pluggit1953 on November 13, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Electric lighting didn’t improve eyesight, but it did improve visibility.

  27. accent77 on November 13, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Love these!

  28. hebneh on November 13, 2022 at 7:34 am

    Not mentioned here, but very important: electricity changed the very basic rules of human existence that had always existed previously – that is, electric lighting (and the later electric-powered forms of entertainment) got people to stay up late at night and not immediately go to sleep when it got dark. If you’ve ever camped out or stayed someplace without electricity, you find yourself going to sleep much earlier.

  29. Danielle Lei on November 13, 2022 at 7:34 am

    I love going to these videos my school has me watch only because I love reading the comments from a few months ago to like 6 years ago haha

  30. ekuenzel1 on November 13, 2022 at 7:35 am

    I remember the early electric lighting in Milwaukee from the 20’s Thanks for posting

  31. Sandra on November 13, 2022 at 7:36 am

    My mom told me that in western VA, they didn’t get electricity to their home until 1944, right after WWII

  32. EsspressoMan1 on November 13, 2022 at 7:37 am

    And that was just the citys. Lots of farms that were away from towns never got power or gas till the 1950,s and 60,s my grandma told me in central canada

  33. gord gibson on November 13, 2022 at 7:43 am

    I’m in northern Ontario electricity is not so affordable now

  34. George B on November 13, 2022 at 7:46 am

    @ 2:42 the grocery store is a Atlantic Pacific (A & P) that became the huge grocery chain in the northeastern part of the country up to the mid 70’s I believe.

  35. Anthony Campbell on November 13, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Greatful 💙

  36. Ruby Swan on November 13, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Well you see the electricity was affordable for the time as to get people depended but then the electric company would spike up the price and start an energy struggle which lead to nuclear meltdowns and people stealing grease to burn as diesel so the truth is if the electricity went away it would be hard for the first few months but then people would turn out wiser .

  37. Homefront on November 13, 2022 at 7:49 am

    Nice Video

  38. Michael Craig on November 13, 2022 at 7:49 am

    Does anyone know, when did the first homes have electricity in the USA? By when did they almost all have it, a universal thing? What about indoor plumbing and toilets, when did that start and by what date was it universally everywhere?

  39. Sergi Koms on November 13, 2022 at 7:51 am

    20 Watt lamp

  40. Me0wMe0wMan on November 13, 2022 at 7:51 am

    I came looking for the really stupid electricity propaganda

  41. Marc Se7en on November 13, 2022 at 7:51 am

    My Paternal Grandfather, Matthew Mattinson, born in 1884, didn’t have electricity installed in his cottage at Dent, Cumbria, until 1964!

  42. Alex Pisocky on November 13, 2022 at 7:52 am

    This allowed people to stay up later!

  43. Ayad Saleh on November 13, 2022 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for the well made and informative video.

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