Photo Hunters: Technology

Technology is the theme this week. What shall I choose?! I could easily post dozens of photos! I’ll try to whittle it down. 😀

This is our electric service panel. I think more than any other discovery, the discovery and development of electricity has changed our world.


Most electricity is generated through the burning of “fossil fuels” in power plants. But could this kind of electricity generation (in the photo below) become the new standard? There are a few windmill farms near us, in Fenner, NY. Windmill farms are very controversial. They seem to create very little energy for the space they take up, and many of the “farms” are run by foreign investors who reap enormous profits and get U.S. tax money. So while I think windmills are great for small, community use, I don’t see how they are very viable on a vast, corporate level.

Fenner Windmill

I took a look back in time, at technological marvels before and as electricity began to change our world.

Laundry technology of the early 1800s. From the Erie Canal Town Museum on Canastota.

Canal Washing Laundry

Warfare technology of the 1700s. From Fort Stanwix in Rome.

Exploring the Cannon

Coffee grinder of the 1800s, from Erie Canal Village in Rome.

Coffee Grinder at General Store

Butter churning technology of the late 1800s, from the Erie Canal Village in Rome.

Churning Butter

Beer brewing technology, from the FX Matt Brewery in Utica. You could fit a few small cars, stacked on top of each other, into one of those huge vats.

Grain Boiling Tanks

Communication technology, from the 1960s-1980s. When I worked in radio in the late 80s, my studio looked a lot like this. The music and ads were mostly on 8-track tapes. This was before CDs! From the Children’s Museum in Utica.

Radio Station

Telephone technology, way back in the 1940s-50s. My, how things have changed! From the Children’s Museum in Utica.

telephone op

We have come a tremendously long way with technology in the past 100 years, haven’t we?

How did your Photo Hunt go today? Leave a link in the comments. 😀

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Carver says:

    I thought I’d pop back to answer your question about where tobacco went when it left Durham, I’m not sure exactly how to answer except that American Tobacco which is the one that was in Durham was in part merged with other companies and they already had their plants other places. I think Winston Salem, NC still has a fairly large tobacco plant but in general tobacco is no longer the big business in NC that it once was.