What was life like before electricity?

It would seem difficult today.

Until I was in 10th grade, I didn’t have electricity at home. Nearly all of our work was done manually: water extraction, food preparation, and winnowing. …. I have never seen a record player without electricity. The mechanical calculators we used in college were able to function without electricity. We didn’t need a heater or air conditioner because we lived in a tropical region.

We used kerosine, or oil lamps, for light. Even when electricity was available, it was mostly for lighting. Since its supply was unpredictable, we continued to rely on kerosine lamps.

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