Modern Conveniences

During the early to mid-twentieth century, various technological advancements helped modernize everyday household devices and appliances. These welcome changes made daily tasks much easier, especially for women who performed most of the household chores. In 1913, Fred W. Wolf invented the first electric refrigerator for domestic use. By the late 1920s, the electric stove outsold the earlier gas version, as they were easier to operate and clean.
Early examples of these devices can be found in this exhibit located on the upper level. Many common household items that are used today such as vacuums, toasters, and tabletop fans were once considered luxuries. The ability to mass-produce these items contributed to their rise in popularity. Highlights from the Museum’s collection include a Universal Electric stove and a G.E. refrigerator.