My Father’s World and Mine

My father was born on April 22, 1917. He died at age 91. If we think of the really big inventions of the modern world, most of them were in widespread use at the time of his birth. Alternating current electricity was in most cities. The automobile, as represented by the Model T Ford, had begun to change American social habits. Mass production techniques were being adopted in American industry. Public health measures, especially cleaner streets in cities, had begun to take root in the United States. Drinking water was safe. The sewer systems worked. People in cities had telephones. … Continue reading

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