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Look at the Time: 1950

Look at the Time: 1950

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1950. "Household appliances including washing & sewing machine, mixer, toaster, polisher and heater." Also a control-robot with three hands -- hour, minute and left. Photo by K.E. Niven & Co. View full size.

Can we get a close-up on the plugs?

It would help solve the raging controversy of Princess Unplugged.

Edit: Thanks! Hmm. Looks like it could be the current (ha) standard Australia/New Zealand plug, but it could also be a US-standard plug with U-shaped ground (earth) pin.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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