Life was hard before electricity.

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:11 am

Life was hard before electricity. The BBC/PBS show 1900 House seems to be showing that fairly well. The Michael Lesy book Wisconsin Death Trip, published in 1973, shows us the same thing in a novel way. His book documents life in a small Wisconsin town from 1885 to 1899 using photographs from the state historical society paired with unrelated news stories culled from the pages of the local newspaper. The photos are eerie, but the stories are eerier still. You can find excerpts from the book at this Geocities site. BBC/Cinemax are presenting a movie version narrated by Ian Holmes. It’s currently mking the film festival circuit and will premier on Cinemax on July 4th. If you can believe the promotional materials, this will be a must-see movie.

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