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Cities of light and heat :domesticating gas and electricity in urban America /Mark H. Rose.

Collection Type
Rose, Mark H., 1942-
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press
Illustrations: Henry L. Doherty -- Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, mid-1890s -- Denver residence, before 1900 -- Denver Gas & Electric Company employees, 1908 -- Denver, 1911 -- "Cook with gas" vehicle, c. 1910 -- Denver Gas New Business Department, 1929 -- "The story of the invisible furnaceman" 1923 -- Space heater sales promotion, 1931 -- J. C. Nichols -- Home built by J. C. Nichols, 1920s -- Kitchen for "Little Magic House" 1939 -- Wolferman's Grocery Store, 1939 -- Kitchen sales promotion, 1940 -- Maytag advertisement, c. 1946 -- Public Service Company of Colorado News item, 1950 -- Maytag advertisement, 1951 -- Kitchen of the 1980s.
The urbanization of technology and public policy, 1860-1900 -- The blunt discipline of public policy, 1900-1920 -- Agents of diffusion: salespersons and home service representatives, 1900-1920 -- Preparation of producers and consumers: public schools, 1900-1930 -- Two salespersons and ecologies of technological knowledge, 1920-1940 -- Adapting to the city again, 1920-1940 -- Baptismal tanks and the feminized search for environmental perfection, 1945-1985 -- The scholarship of technology and society, 1915-1990s.
Cities of Light and Heat takes us to Kansas City and Denver during the late nineteenth century when gas and electricity were introduced to these "instant cities" of the West. With rich detail, Mark Rose shows how the new technology spread during the next century from a few streets and businesses within the city limits to countless private homes in the suburbs. Although in hindsight the spread of modern technology might seem inevitable to us, Rose shows how even the leaders of the nation's great gas and electric corporations with their vast production and distribution facilities were subject to geography, competing ideologies, urban politics, and even the choices of ordinary consumers. Rose thus locates the driving force behind the diffusion of technology in the neighborhoods, kitchens, and offices of the city. Cities of Light and Heat shows the importance of culture, politics, and urban growth in shaping technological change in the cities of North America.
xviii, 229 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Gift of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-209) and index.
Call Number
Stacks HD4606.D33 R67 1995
Descriptive terms
Electric utilities History.
Gas industry History.
Municipal services History.
Public utilities History.
Colorado Denver
Denver (Colo.)
Kansas City (Mo.)
Missouri Kansas City