Perspective on history Albert R. Beardsley and the miracle of light

The advent of electricity to Elkhart changed the way people lived their lives.

When was the last time you turned off all the lights and sat down in front of a roaring fire? Or read by a flickering gas lamp?

Nowadays we tend to think of candlelight dinners as romantic and nostalgic. Romantic, perhaps. Nostalgic, no doubt. But what if you had no choice? Many people today find it hard to conceive of a time when flame was the only source of illumination in the American home. And it wasn’t even that long ago.

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