I picked up a copy of this book from a little free library in North St. Paul a few months ago and have finally started reading through it. Here are a few notes I’ve highlighted so far:
- In 1929 the United States generated more electric power than all other countries in the world combined.
- Henry Ford opened the Edison Institute and Greenfield model village, including a reconstruction of Menlo Park so faithful that even the dirt on the ground was authentic – to Edisons amazement, Ford had imported seven truckloads of clay from New Jersey.
- Writing about the Empire State building built right at the beginning of the depression – One Dartmouth honours graduate was delighted to secure a job of flushing all its unused lavatories every day to prevent chemicals in the water from marring the porcelain finish.