1922 Water Heater Advertisement

Water Heater Advertisement
Source: Cement City Cook Book (Published by First Baptist Church, Alphena, MI, 1922)

Sometimes I’m surprised how modern things were in 1922. Until I saw this ad for a water heater in a 1922 church cookbook, I never would have guessed that homes had water heaters a hundred years ago.

7 thoughts on “1922 Water Heater Advertisement

  1. There were some Texas homes that had hot water and other amenities even earlier. They surely existed elsewhere, but those in Texas are the ones I know about. Down the coast, the so-called Fulton mansion, constructed between 1874-1877, had gaslights, hot and cold running water, a Coleman warm-air heating system and indoor flush toilets. It may be that the technology existed, but that things like hot water became cost-effective for more homes in the early 1900s.

  2. I love the add! “Geyser”!
    Many of the wood cook stoves had a convenient vessel built in that heated gallons and gallons of water for use!
    Our 1892 Victorian was built fully electrified, with a telephone, and hot water heater attached to the coal boiler. They were cutting edge folks!

  3. I’m guessing that the modern water heater was just starting to become available and cost effective for the average household instead of a perk of the rich! My mother was born in 1932 and she would talk about having to bathe behind the stove where it was convenient to heat the water. I don’t think they had a hot water heater until just before WWII…

  4. I soaked up all the nuances of this 1922 ad, Sheryl, it was great. Addressed to “Mrs. Cook,” the concept of a hot water heater struck me, too, as advanced for 1922. I saw your subsequent post of the banana recipe from this same cookbook, which strikes me as obscure, and then this ad was equally as fascinating. The phone number, the name of the company, all different than we see today. And the image of the modern 1922 woman at the sink with steaming water is also great. Wonderful.

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