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1938 - for safety this Christmas all dangerous cords should be replaced (with cross reference on this site)

HER FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE. AND LIGHTNING IN HER HANDS!

CD 1967003 E&MP41.002

Electric Wire

DEC 24 1938

Snapping the lights on and off is great fun thinks this little fifteen month old miss.

Joy in her home will turn to sorrow if the frayed and worn cord makes the socket in her hands "live".

But it won't happen for the picture was taken to remind parents that for safety this Christmas all dangerous cords should be replaced by cords approved by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.

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WHERE GOOD RUBBER COUNTS

Carole will live through her “teething” test if the rubber insulation on the lamp cord is good and the cord doesn’t become grounded on the radiator. Because lamp and appliance cords take plenty of abuse in the average home, Underwriters’ Laboratories puts them through many severe tests to see if they are “bite-proof” and safe.

FIRES AND SHOCKS IN 25,000,000 HOMES REDUCED BY TEST OF CORD

close up of Carole's hands and frayed wire

To find its toughness and safety factor, lamp cord is put to the stretch test at Underwriters’ Laboratories by engineer Ed Wagner.

To win the UL label of approval, two inches must stretch to nine without breaking.
 




Cross reference on this site...

  • December 24, 1938 cover

  • original issue - 16 page thumbnail selection

  • page 409 - cover story


  • Original Caption by Science Service
    Underwriters' Laboratories



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