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TITLE
Washing Machine Demonstration
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_17_018
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9285
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
appliances
Hoover
Washing Machine Demonstration

By the mid-1960s hydro-electric was becoming available to most communities in the Highlands. The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was eager to get as many households as possible wired for electricity, and fitted with all the new appliances. The hydro shop became a feature on the High Street of most towns. To acquaint the public with the vast array of appliances and equipment available, the Hydro Board organized displays and demonstrations in local halls which were always well attended.

This photograph was likely taken at one such display. Probably never having used a washing machine in his life, the gentleman looks suitably impressed with the result of washing with a twin tub! Behind this group is a prominent display by Hoover, and although they manufactured a range of products, the name quickly became synonymous with vacuum cleaning. The Hoover company, based in the United States, expanded into Britain in the mid 1940s opening a factory in Cambuslang establishing their presence in the market.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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Washing Machine Demonstration

1960s

hydro-electric; appliances; Hoover

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

By the mid-1960s hydro-electric was becoming available to most communities in the Highlands. The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was eager to get as many households as possible wired for electricity, and fitted with all the new appliances. The hydro shop became a feature on the High Street of most towns. To acquaint the public with the vast array of appliances and equipment available, the Hydro Board organized displays and demonstrations in local halls which were always well attended.<br /> <br /> This photograph was likely taken at one such display. Probably never having used a washing machine in his life, the gentleman looks suitably impressed with the result of washing with a twin tub! Behind this group is a prominent display by Hoover, and although they manufactured a range of products, the name quickly became synonymous with vacuum cleaning. The Hoover company, based in the United States, expanded into Britain in the mid 1940s opening a factory in Cambuslang establishing their presence in the market.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />