~ Independent Telephone Company, Seattle city directory, p. 89; 1905via 	University of Washington Libraries(click to enlarge)Note: AT&T used a similar advertisement in 1966 

~ Independent Telephone Company, Seattle city directory, p. 89; 1905
via University of Washington Libraries
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Note: AT&T used a similar advertisement in 1966 

~ Dictaphone advertisement, 1933via Flickr(click to enlarge)

~ Dictaphone advertisement, 1933
via Flickr
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~ Pacific Telephone ad, c1959via Flickr(click to enlarge)

~ Pacific Telephone ad, c1959
via Flickr
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~ Sears, Roebuck and Company. Catalogue of electrical goods, [not before 1906]via Harvard University Library(click to enlarge)"…affords great amusement as well as instruction. The current can be so regulated that it will make a strong man tremble, or so mild as not to injure a child."

~ Sears, Roebuck and Company. Catalogue of electrical goods, [not before 1906]
via Harvard University Library
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"…affords great amusement as well as instruction. The current can be so regulated that it will make a strong man tremble, or so mild as not to injure a child."

~ Bell Telephone Magazine, 1966via Internet Archive(click to enlarge)

~ Bell Telephone Magazine, 1966
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~ Homecraft, The Aladdin Company Catalog, Bay City, Michigan; 191?via Internet Archive
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"LIGHT YOUR HOME BY ELECTRICITYYou will want electric lights in your house as they are just as much a necessity as modern plumbing. They are safe, clean and cheerful and will give you a pride in your home and the same distinction you feel in owning a good automobile.”

~ Homecraft, The Aladdin Company Catalog, Bay City, Michigan; 191?
via Internet Archive
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"LIGHT YOUR HOME BY ELECTRICITY
You will want electric lights in your house as they are just as much a necessity as modern plumbing. They are safe, clean and cheerful and will give you a pride in your home and the same distinction you feel in owning a good automobile.”

~ The Spirit of Progress: Electricity the Modern Way, September 1932via National Library of Australia(click to enlarge)

~ The Spirit of Progress: Electricity the Modern Way, September 1932
via National Library of Australia
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~ AT&T ad, 1966 (American Home magazine)via Flickr(click to enlarge)

~ AT&T ad, 1966 (American Home magazine)
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~ Suggestions to the Housewife; Department of Weights and Measures, District of Columbia; 1911via Internet ArchiveAlmost 100 years later similar advice would be given advising people not to shop online. Remember to shun the new technology! Shun it, I say!

~ Suggestions to the Housewife; Department of Weights and Measures, District of Columbia; 1911
via Internet Archive

Almost 100 years later similar advice would be given advising people not to shop online. Remember to shun the new technology! Shun it, I say!

~ The Chicago Blue Book of Selected Names of Chicago and Suburban Towns: Containing the Names and Addresses of Prominent Residents, arranged Alphabetically and Numerically by Streets, Membership List of the Leading Clubs, and other Valuable Information. For the Year Ending 1914., The Chicago Directory Company.

~ The Chicago Blue Book of Selected Names of Chicago and Suburban Towns: Containing the Names and Addresses of Prominent Residents, arranged Alphabetically and Numerically by Streets, Membership List of the Leading Clubs, and other Valuable Information. For the Year Ending 1914., The Chicago Directory Company.

~ Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, August 8th, 1911"In the daily use of the telephone a man travels all over town by wire in a few minutes"reblogged from classifiedhumanity
~ Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, August 8th, 1911

"In the daily use of the telephone a man travels all over town by wire in a few minutes"

reblogged from classifiedhumanity

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~ Ottawa Citizen - January 17, 1900(click to enlarge)"We have among our collection, clocks that do not require winding. They run by electricity. … They are the acme of perfection."

~ Ottawa Citizen - January 17, 1900
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"We have among our collection, clocks that do not require winding. They run by electricity. … They are the acme of perfection."

~ Life magazine, July 6, 1959via Flickr(click to enlarge)"Expected guests are doubly welcome."

~ Life magazine, July 6, 1959
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"Expected guests are doubly welcome."

~ Life Magazine, April 7, 1972via Flickr

~ Life Magazine, April 7, 1972
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~ The Young Gentleman and Lady’s Monitor, and English Teacher’s Assistant: Being a Collection of Select Pieces From our Best Modern Writers; Calculated to eradicate Vulgar Prejudices and Rusticity of Manners; Improve the Understanding; Rectify the Will; Purify the Passions; Direct the Minds of Youth to the Pursuit of proper Objects; and to facilitate their Reading, Writing, and Speaking the English language, with Elegance and Propriety, John Hamilton Moore, 1802.
via University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library

~ The Young Gentleman and Lady’s Monitor, and English Teacher’s Assistant: Being a Collection of Select Pieces From our Best Modern Writers; Calculated to eradicate Vulgar Prejudices and Rusticity of Manners; Improve the Understanding; Rectify the Will; Purify the Passions; Direct the Minds of Youth to the Pursuit of proper Objects; and to facilitate their Reading, Writing, and Speaking the English language, with Elegance and Propriety, John Hamilton Moore, 1802.
via University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library