The Gadgets of the Future from the Electrical Shows of Yesterday | Paleofuture.
As we wind down from CES 2013, it is worth taking a look at the CES of 1919. Yes, the Electrical Shows of the last century were the gadget lovers mecca of that time. It doesn't seem all that different from today; except that the gadgets using electricity were far more interesting to the persons running households than they are today. For instance, the big deal then was the electric washing machine. I am willing to bet that most of the geeks at CES last week take that little invention for granted. I am also pretty certain that somebody else in their house uses the modern version. All I know about the one in our house is that She Who Must Be Obeyed always seems to want a new one, and it eats socks. Or, is that the electric dryer? Oh, there was also a product for geeky boys and girls, of course. The really big deal was the wireless radio. It sent the voice thousands of miles via radio signals. Cool. Even in 1919, Japan was curious about electricity, and its practical applications. Check out this article in Smithsonian for more interesting stuff that was introduced to the world in the Electrical Show of 1919.