What modern appliance would have been hard to live without at the turn of the 20th century?
My computer! You know, I was thinking about this very question the other day and pretty much everything else can be done well if not better. I was even checking out the coffee grinders since I am a java lover and there are power issues from time to time. But how could I deal with no instant research gratification? Right now I am doing family books, too. That would be impossible without my computer.
And the laundry room would be a bit different without my washer and dryer, especially in the winter! You know, this list could get longer and longer LOL.
My computer,I absolutely love my computer! I cant live without my computer!
I think it is the washer and dryer. Looking back on old methods, everyone must have surely hated wash day. Now, we change clothes in a heart beat thus we create tons of laundry. Doing all of that by hand, hanging it on the line, etc. etc. etc. wooo I get tired just thinking about it! WB
Id say the hardest one would be the ability to use wireless internet or wireless connecting. Being able to process, create and share all over the world in a matter of seconds without being connected to any wires of any sort always lots of information to be passed between all different kinds of people.
Not my PC, but most certainly my laptop! Being able to write, work, watch movies, surf from the comfort of my warm bed beats everything!
I agree with washer and dryer. Women spent a huge amount of time on this. I recall that even the old washer basin with a wringer saved my Grandma a ton of time. In places of high humidity where hanging clothes out to dry is not a great option, the dryer was a huge improvement, too.
seriously i love this question. my answers are pretty simple
1. Mobile-crossed out land line and telegrams and mails
2. Personal computer-simplified the work of a man to a child's play
Definitely microwaves. There is a funny anecdote that I can't remember, but the tag line has Elizabeth Taylor standing in front of her microwave yelling "faster, Faster"...
Firing up the wood stove means you are camping...my wife will only go camping, by the way, if an electrical cord runs under the flap to plug in her hair dryer...
google.com - its more ov an appliance than a service.
By the way I choose Microwave Oven.
Definetely a washer and dryer, Imagine washing loads of clothes on your hands each day.
central heating- it is freezing at the moment and we would be lost without it
Depends on where you live. If you are in a tropical country a washer and dryer don't matter as much. People would vote for air conditioners instead.
Women were the appliances, so I guess anything they did not have to do the work of would be a good guess.
My USB modem is that modern appliance without which it's virtually impossible to live at the turn of the 20th century. Networking and accessing information are the buzzwords for success these days. So an internet connection should be the answer for most of the people according to me.
For many women (and men) I think hair straighteners would be a big miss!
When did the water heater become a household item? It certainly seems to be under appreciated!
If you were doing housework in the early 1900's, you would probably be very relieved to own a water heating unit. Finding hot water is very, very tricky if you must find your own way to heat it for essential functions of life - baths, washing dishes, cleaning, cooking, etc. When moving large containers of water, the job is never easy.
Hot Water Heater. I can do without many things and would adapt if need be. However, hot showers in the morning are a blessing of technology.
I think it is the Microwave.
With it you can cook, heat or bake faster.
How about Popcorn?
The washer and dryer. I can't imagine washing clothes through those old wringers. It must have taken days and days to do the laundry!!
Air conditioning! Certain parts of the country like Nevada or Arizona or Florida would be almost impossible to live in without one in the summer. Before AC, the best way to cool down was with a cool drink, ice cream or a fan!
As we all know, the 20th century began in 1901. They didn't have microwave ovens, but they did have furnaces run on Coal that was stored in the basement of the home and shoveled into the furnace,with the heat running up through pipes into the living quarters. That was a pretty modern appliance back then. '
And during the early part of the century more homes were wired with electricity. And the radio became popular. Just my thoughts on your question.
It would have to be the refrigerator. Being able to keep food cold and therefore safe from germs has to be something that I would find hard to live without.
Feminine products of any kind. Can you imagine life without your trusty Kotex? And imagine how much harder us ladies would be for the men to live with if we didn't have Midol.
Assuming you mean the 20th century...
My daughter would say her hair straightener.
I would say indoor heat. Imagine if you had to rely on a fire. No only do you have to start the fire, you have to chop the wood, you have to keep the fire going, you have to keep the little ones OUT of the fire. You'd be cold when the fire went out, colder away from the fire, afraid the house might burn down.
Of course, I'd give ALL the appliances up for running water and indoor potty. Hands down...
Probably the refrigerator. Life ithout refrigeration involved "ice-boxes" which required ice on a regular basis. Ice cakes were purchased from the "ice-man" who came down your street with a horse-drawn wagon full of ice. That was the best of the alternatives. If you lived in a rural environment you would need a storage cellar to keep your meat and diary cool.
Ice was harvested in the winter from frozen lakes, towed to the ice house by a team of horses, packed in layers with sawdust between the layers. The ice house was deep in the ground.
These procedures to ensure you could keep your food cool during the heat of the summer were very labor intensive and were as important as gathering firewood for the winter.
I think mobile phone and internet these are two most important modern appliance without which its hard to live in 20th century.
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