Modern kitchen with all of the "bells and whistles" in the early 1900s
What do we expect a home improvement to be in the early 21st century? Granite counters, wireless surround sound, open floor plan, self closing toilet seats, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs, smart thermostats and doorbells? Sure and a few more.
However, 100 years ago in the early 20th Century, there were modern improvements in our homes and our communities that none of us ever saw. Life and things that were important to our great great and great grandparents and grandparents were different then.
1. Out house instead of luxurious bathrooms with rain showers and comfort height toilets
2. Hand crank telephone
3. Well, no running water to house
4. Garage? what would you need that for....a barn for the horse
5. Wood burning stove
6. Flat screen TV? Try a radio to listen to "The Green Hornet" or "The Lone Ranger"
7. Self cleaning stove or defrosting refrigerators? Dream on! Try an ice box if you lived in the city.
8. Milk box for the milk man deliveries (no grocery stores on every corner)Some of these "new concepts" were big news once. Not everyone had a grocery store on the next corner for their food. Take a look at these!
9. No microwave for a 4 minute dinner.
10. No dishwasher....that is what kids or husbands are for
11. Air conditioning- Hey in Arizona before WWII, people hung wet sheets in windows for cooling
12. No computers or email or text- People used have to use a pen and write letters through the mail.
100 years ago the new things at that time can seem foreign to us today.
Here is an early motorhome, built in 1926.This is a 1920’s refrigerator. Only the elite could afford such a thing. Most still had the old ice boxes.