Wiring an electric stove, 1932.
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A photograph of a worker at the Belling & Co factory in Enfield, North London, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 18 January, 1932. This man is wiring a small domestic electric cooker, first produced by Belling & Co in 1919. The company had been founded by Charles Reginald Belling (1884-1965) in 1912. Electric cookers in the home remained less popular than gas until the 1950s. The electricity used to heat the cooker cost more than gas - and the heat was more difficult to control. However, the cookers were cleaner than gas or coal-fired ranges. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.