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Live Better Electrically: 1938

Live Better Electrically: 1938

November 1938. "Houses near the Nebraska Power Company plant, Omaha." Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Where has the mortar gone

On the chimneys of the house on the right?

[Victim of acid rain. -tterrace]

Little House

Love the little birdhouse. So much to see here!

From Powerhouse to Pun

Nebraska Power Co. was the last privately-owned utility in the state, and was acquired by the Omaha Public Power District in 1945, seven years after this photo was taken. Located near the Missouri River and at the corner of Fourth and Leavenworth in Omaha, the power plant has been converted to a residential complex know as The Breakers, as in circuit breakers.


Good bet that they're wood. The first house I owned was built in 1894 and had columns just like those. The gingerbread was ALL wood.

Before "clean" coal??

Too bad these residents lived so close to that coal fire power plant that spewed out plumes of pollution. Today they would be promised "clean" coal and enjoy much healthier lives. (If clean coal exists).

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A watchdog has eyes on them.

Wood or cast iron?

Those column capitals really beat me.

What I can't make out, are they wood, or cast iron? Cast iron gothic (or classicism) was quite popular for a while, probably along with carpenter gothic (or classicism).

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