A rescue diver from 1914 uses a submarine or diver's telephone to communicate while underwater. The diver pictured is preparing to dive to the bottom in search of a drowning victim.
The Fire Eaters
Sterling Electric Co. used a unique approach to promote their electrical supply and contracting business in the early 1900s. They hired the Fire Eaters to put on a show in the window of their shop in hopes of attracting customers.
A Farmer's Best Friend
This electric cow milker is just one example of modern electrical inventions of the early 20th century.
Early Conduit Work
The man pictured here is an employee of F.C. Werk, an electrical contractor based out of Cleveland, Ohio. He's working on conduit for the Cuyaboga County, Ohio Courthouse using what was referred to as an "Oster Tool." The Oster Tool was basically a pipe threading machine made by the Oster Manufacturing Co. out of Michigan.
Early Code Violation
In this Code violation from 1932, no outlet box had ever been installed, and the tape joints of circuit and fixture wires had been made before the wall was plastered.
New Orleans Rejuvenation
The Jovian Order of New Orleans held this “Rejuvenation” in 1914. It was held in connection with the Louisiana Electrical Contractors’ Association meeting and Mardi Gras. This picture shows the “degree team and the candidates.”
Mr. Electrical Contractor and Miss Electragist
Shown at a style show in 1927, "Mr. Electrical Contractor" modeled electrical innovations of the time. As for the bathing beauty on the right, she was named "Miss Electragist" in 1928. Electragist was a term coined during the 1920s, and was synonymous with electrical contractor-dealer.
A Practical Motor Sleigh
In 1914, Herbert Qualie and Howard Dupont perfected a vehicle they called a "motor sleigh." It was built from a twin-cylinder Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was capable of going 50 miles per hour over snow and ice.
Taken in 1915, this photo of one of the first "lady linemen" marks the entrance of women into the linemen profession.
The Electric Hammer
This is an electric hammer, and, according to our magazine, it operated at a power cost that was practically negligible. It could also "do about as much work as six men working by hand."