ELECTRICS IN THE 1950s
1957 - Catalogue entry for the Wylex BS3036 rewireable fuse board.
Some are still in use today, although functionally and technically obsolete.
1957 - Catalogue entry for Bill / Crown fuse box.
This type of metal cased fuse box used porcelain fuses with asbestos pads.
1959 - Electricity and the ideal home.
This is a page from a technical book on repairing radios (or wireless sets as they were known then).
1957 - Electricity Cooking.
Modern wiring regulations prevent mounting the cooker switch above the cooker as shown here.
If there is a problem here - e.g. a chip pan catches fire, you have to reach across the flames to turn off the cooker.
1957 - Options for fitting light switches - either surface or flush.
1957 - This type of light switch and variations of the same were in the majority of homes.
1957 - More typical light switches.
1957 - An upmarket light switch, found in the better homes and hotels etc.
1957 - A more industrial light switch.
1957 - A ceiling rose - note the lack of an earth connection.
1959 - A cutaway drawing of a washing machine.