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 Kitchen early 1900s

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.


Grandparents homes:

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.
Camping out in 1918.
 Early                                                          Version of                                                          American                                                          Gothic Photo                                                          posted by:                                                          Dianne Bowders                                                          My                                                          grandparents                                                          pose in an                                                          early version                                                          of American                                                          Gothic, with a                                                          groundhog                                                          killed on                                                          their                                                          Manchester                                                          Twp. farm.                                                          Note: Photo                                                          taken circa                                                          1914, from our                                                          family photo                                                          album.:
This couple pose in an early version of American Gothic, with a groundhog killed on their Manchester farm. 
It's dinner!  No microwave TV dinner. Note: Photo taken circa 1914, from a family photo album.
  Mobile                                                          Home -                                                          Photographic                                                          Print - 1926:
Here is an early motorhome, built in 1926.
1920's                                                          Refrigerato                                                          r:
This is a 1920’s refrigerator. Only the elite could afford such a thing. Most still had the old ice boxes.
Sources of these photos unnown from email circular
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Tivoli Custom Homes - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI I too am very thankful for the technology we enjoy today BUT don't forget that the folks 100 years ago were saying the same thing. Wasn't it about that time they almost disbanded the patient office because they thought they had invented everything... thus saying "it doesn't get any better than this".

Nov 07, 2018 06:56 AM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Actually I find I love for the life perhaps my great grand parents had.  Simple is good.  I'd rather have a book than a television any day.

Nov 07, 2018 08:55 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I love the modern conveniences of my home especially the items in the kitchen and baths. We are so spoiled, aren't we, Jeff?

Nov 30, 2018 07:47 AM #3
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