When Electricity Was New and Scary, People Needed Guidelines on How to Be Safe

cromulentenough:

isaacsapphire:

ambiguations:

historical-nonfiction:

Here are some great safety posters, from what is today the Czech Republic, circa 1920s and 1930s

“Don’t Use A Whip Near Electric Lines”

“If the power isn’t off don’t poke the outlet!”

“Warning! Don’t wipe electric devices with a wet cloth!”

“Don’t touch electric devices while taking a bath!”

“Don’t touch heaters while operating a vacuum!”

And my personal favorite: “Fixing it yourself will cause more harm; call a professional and don’t worry.”

Reminds me of the 1920s/1930s Dutch safety posters (more) that went around a few years ago:

It’s interesting how these consistently depict electricity as red; generally we think of it as blue today.

I though electricity was yellow.

“Don’t touch heaters while operating a vacuum!” 

???

is this a thing?

I could definitely build a functional vacuum that’ll have a 50% chance of killing you if you touch ground.

(Cars are still built from this design pattern, but it’s not a problem because they run on batteries and don’t share “ground” with the actual ground)

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