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All Electric Farm: 1936

All Electric Farm: 1936

Washington, D.C., 1936. "Dept. of Interior exhibit -- kitchen at all electric farm." An early manifestation of the government's push for rural electrification, three years after the Tennessee Valley Authority was created by act of Congress. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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My brother's house still has a built in top-loading (believe it is GE) dishwasher like that. It has only one control, like the central "airplane wings" one in the picture. It came with the house, which dates to the forties, and stayed because removing it would require ripping out the entire counter. Nobody has ever felt that would be worth the it stays.

They had electricity to sell

The TVA would be producing far more electricity than they could sell. They created The Electric Home and Farm Authority to enable people to buy appliances on credit, an entirely new concept.

The Stove

Is in a ridiculous location--this may be a dummy kitchen, but to block access to both the upper and lower cabinets seems very poor planning. The Art Deco clock on the stove is probably a Telechron.

Clean Kitchen - dirty shoes

Now if they would only come up with an electrical device that could clean her dirty shoes. Otherwise that kitchen is spotless.

GE Dishwasher

Looks like a General Electric dishwasher installed in the counter, I didn't think it was right but the GE Pressroom "History" shows GE's first dishwasher was made in 1927 (and their first front-load dishwasher in 1936!). Seems like an unbelievable luxury for a farm in the midst of the Great Depression!

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