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By Michele Smith
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Early Appliances On Display

New exhibit at the Dayton Depot shows how electrification improved homemaking


Michele Smith

Museum Director Tamara Fritze shows off her vacuuming skills with a 1950s era Airway Sanitizor vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner is on display in a new exhibit called A Better Home: Domestic Gadgetry and Rural Electrification. The exhibit opens on March 1, and runs through November 15, 2017 at the Dayton Historic Depot.

DAYTON-Take a tour of a new exhibit at the Dayton Historic Depot Museum, beginning on March 1, to see some gadgets that made the lives of women "easier" in the years from the early 1900s to the 1950s.

"We're looking at the intersection of consumerism, changing women's roles, and rural electrification," said Museum Director Tamara Fritze about the idea behind the exhibit.

Most of the appliances on loan to the museum are electric, with the exception of a display of hand tools for mixing, and some irons which had to be heated on a wood stove, Fritze said.

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