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.

2 dresses of the 1920s

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?

An everyday dress and an electric wringer washing machine

A Crosley radio

A Crosley radio

And an electric 1922 Singer portable sewing machine

Singer 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.
Admission: Free
Info: 520-364-7370 or

Photo of the Douglas Smelter:

Photo of Douglas Motor Transit during the 1920s:

Douglas Motor Transit

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.