Thankful for….

maidless household headline

“If you can manage to use electricity in your home, you have the best deputy housekeeper the genius of man has ever contrived to harness for domestic service. Upon my own breakfast table we have, every morning, the perfection of toast not to be achieved by any other process, colored lightly, crisp and hot, turned out by the half dozen slices from the dainty little machine attached by a slender wire to the drop light above. It toasts while we eat. We do not have to wait. When we have enough the plug is pulled out from the side, and voila tout!
vintage illustration maidless womanAn electric carpet sweeper that will dust walls and books in one fourth of the time in which the briskest of maids could do the work, an electric smoothing iron that may be used throughout the stifling August day in a ten by twelve apartment kitchen without raising the temperature of the place one degree; a chafing dish, a coffee pot, and teakettle run by the mysterious all potent agent which has revolutionized the world’s work within fifty years, all are within the reach of the woman who lives near enough to a plant to secure a connection. If it be objected that the machines are expensive at the outset I retort that they will last for years, that they rarely need repair, and that they do not have to be washed after each using!”

People used to make these things to last. Now they make them to fail so we have to buy them again and again.

Nevertheless, I am grateful for electricity, running water, hot water on tap, electric mixers (I have tried beating eggs with the old fashioned kind, and no thanks.)

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  1. Frances
    Posted November 30, 2015 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Their toaster was much better than mine!

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted November 30, 2015 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      Yes, and I can’t say my appliances last for years and rarely need repair, either.

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