Thursday, April 28, 2011
Electric Service - 1906 Style
This would have then been wired to a pair of ceramic fuse holders which would feed the house circuits. Looks like there were 3 fused circuits for the house. Of course back then this was for lighting only. There would have been a few "outlets" in the house, but back then the plug as we know it was not developed yet and the outlet would have looked like a bulb socket. Early appliances had a socket adapter rather than a plug to get power.
Apparently from what I've read this was a high end installation. Many times the disconnect was mounted in the open, but high enough to keep out of reach either on a porch on in a basement. The next question that I'm stumped on is where was a meter? Or was there a meter??
I'm happy to say that this panel is officially retired now... 105 years later! I plan on leaving it here and find an early disconnect and fuse holders to reintall for show. The asbestos will obviously go, but I'll paint up some tar paper with white paint to give the effect. It's too neat and too rare that it should be preserved.