Category Archives: Technology

The Incandescent Light Bulb

After an unbroken 125-year reign as illuminator of choice, the incandescent light bulb has finally abdicated the throne. Its days in our nights were glorious, though ― bathing the dark in a comforting glow, yet common as cane was this small proxy sun. How many more words were read, plans were laid, or labors extended because of the light bulb? Ordinary and extraordinary in equal measure, the incandescent light bulb leaves no shortage of sockets … Continue Reading ››

The Rise and Fall of the Electric Percolator – Part 4

Part 1  -  Part 2  -  Part 3  -  Part 4
In an invaluable study of declining businesses of the late 20th century, Kathryn Harrigan traces the shifting nature of percolator manufacturers. One of the more striking trends in percolator sales is connected to the physical composition of the appliance itself. As was mentioned earlier, stainless-steel percolators were very attractive to … Continue Reading ››

Fun With Ghosts

ColorVicAd_TMW_1915_460Here is one way to have more fun with ghosts. Actually, this is an incredible resource for historic audio. As the goodly keepers of our national treasures explain:

“The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library … Continue Reading ››