Douglas in the Electrified Generation
A new exhibit will open at the Douglas Williams House showing the fashions of the roaring 20s and the gadgets found in Douglas during the era.
It was a time after World War I when women were rejecting strict Victorian morals. Electricity had been around for a while, and new appliances were being developed. Companies with munitions factories present during the war became appliance manufacturers, churning out things like doorbells, stoves and toasters.
Examples of the “modern” electric appliances of the time include a washing machine, complete with a wringer. Can you imagine having to wring out your close by hand?
A Crosley radio
And an electric 1922 Singer portable sewing machine
The Douglas-Williams House will have 1920s era styles – both clothing and appliances – on display beginning Saturday, Feb. 11. A reception will kick off the exhibit. It will feature refreshments made from a 1920s Fanny Farmer cookbook.
Reception: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Feb. 11
Museum Hours: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Saturdays, Noon – 4 p.m.
Exhibit runs for 6 months beginning February 11
Where: Douglas-Williams House, 1001 D Avenue, Douglas, Ariz.
Info: 520-364-7370 or http://douglasazhistoricalsociety.org/2252.html
Photo of the Douglas Smelter:
Photo of Douglas Motor Transit during the 1920s:
Thanks to Lavinia Spivey, president of the Douglas Historical Society for supplying photos for this blog post. You can see these items and others photos at the exhibit.