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The 1920s brought with it a cultural revolution, transforming Americans into a consumer culture for better or for worse. Among the many advancements made during this era were the advancements to home appliances. The invention of numerous electrical h

History of appliances of the 1920s

The 1920s brought with it a cultural revolution, transforming Americans into a consumer culture for better or for worse. Among the many advancements made during this era were the advancements to home appliances. The invention of numerous electrical home appliances left an imprint on our society we are still feeling today.

Advancements

Prior to the 1920s, electricity was not commonplace within homes. By 1924, electricity was powering two-thirds of the homes across America. Some of the appliances that capitalised on the electricity boom were refrigerators, irons, electric toasters, electric ovens, washing machines and vacuums. General Electric, Hotpoint, and Sunbeam were some of the companies selling electrical home appliances during the 1920s.

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Electrical home appliances released during the 1920s increased the rate at which housework could be accomplished. Numerous companies quickly altered their advertising techniques to address this fact. The Sunbeam Company advertised an electric iron by stating it would result in 52 less hours of work per year.

Not So Fast

Electrical appliances added new pressure to keep a house looking a certain way. According to the website Digital History, the amount of work needed to be done by a housewife increased with the invention of new electrical home appliances. Since housework could be done faster, housewives were expected to do it more often.

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