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Household Hits = Transformation

Left: Hoover vacuum, 1927. Gift of Betty B. Ross. Top right: Toastmaster Toaster, 1920s. Bottom right: Electric table lamp, 1920s.

Americans have long been on the lookout for innovative things, especially household conveniences they could use to transform their lives. These things and the people who adopted them shaped—and continue to shape—everyday life, for better or worse.

Explore household objects through primary source materials:

What hath toast wrought?

Take good care of yourself...

Is it safe to open a window?

A sanitary appliance

It's personal

Less work for mother?