Cooking With Electric, 1951


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Cooking With Electric, 1951

Postwar prosperity and new technology helped give rise to a full-blown consumer culture during the 1950s. Electrical appliances found their way into the routines of daily life during the decade as a host of labor and time saving devices became available to the public. While excess displays of wealth were generally avoided in Shaker Heights, symbols of social status became increasingly hinged upon ownership of new consumer goods. By 1963, it was estimated that over 99% of Shaker residents owned a washing machine, 98% owned one or more televisions, and 97% owned one or more cars.

Image courtesy of Shaker Heights Public Library Local History Collection


This file appears in: The Good Life in Shaker Heights