Electric Lights Across America

What would the blogs and forums have made of the outrageous image of a man with flames shooting out of his mouth?

Lacking standards and in a rush to be electrified, towns found themselves saddled with shoddy work. Birds and insects attracted to the light were killed in large numbers, their tiny bodies littering the streets. A few high-profile deaths, including one telegraph lineman whose body lay trapped in wires for an hour and a half shooting flames from his mouth., left people wary of the dangers inherent in electricity. But nothing stopped the spread of electric light.

“Let There Be Light”, Distillations Magazine, Fall 2015, p. 45

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