Tag: early 20th century technology

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Keeping Away the Darkness: The Electrification of Cities

This week marks the anniversary of an very momentous event in modern civilization: Dec. 31 is the day Thomas Edison first demonstrated his incandescent lightbulb in Menlo Park, NJ. The lightbulb was nothing new in 1879.  It had been around longer than the 32-year-old Edison.  Older models were expensive and didn’t burn for long.  Edison […]

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Bathroom and Kitchen Tech at the Turn of the 20th Century

In real estate, bathrooms and kitchens often make or break a sale. In the late 19th century, indoor plumbing was becoming commonplace, and homes were increasingly becoming electrified.  This meant that kitchens and bathrooms were, perhaps for the first time, an important consideration when buying or renting a home. Bathroom Tech After bathing and toilet […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 3 – Militarism

Militarism is defined as maintaining a large military and being prepared to use it to defend a nation’s interests. In the early 20th century, this arms race led to disaster. Industrial Output The years prior to the war saw a surge in industrialization. Manufacturing output grew, buildings were electrified, municipal water works were constructed, and […]

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Technology in the 1910s: Surprising Modern and Familiar

Many people have the impression that the 1910s were technologically the Dark Ages.  In truth, nearly all the modern conveniences we enjoy today existed, only in a simpler form. Technological advances accelerated in the 19th century and continued in the 20th century at an astonishing rate.  So much so that, as ThoughtCo. puts it, “We […]

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