The 3rd part of our miniseries on money itself during the 2nd Industrial Revolution in the US. Bill, Rachel, and Kelley look at the initial emergence of proto-consumer credit as well as sketchy and predatory small loans in industrial cities.
In September 1921, the first fast food restaurant (White Castle) was launched, taking inspiration from the Hygiene Movement. Guest John Leavitt (@LeavittAlone) joins Bill, Kelley, and Rachel to talk about this and Automats and to imagine a different future for restaurants.
Description: Life in the big American city of the 19th century included an endless sea of horses, and it was not a very pleasant situation for anyone, including the horses. Bill, Rachel, and Kelley explore.
Description: It took a while to figure out how to mass-produce glassware, given the complexity of it, but that had profound implications on the lives of American consumers and workers. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss. (This is the Mason Jars episode, among other things.)
Description: In 1918, against better judgment and with few achievable goals, the US intervened militarily in the Russian Civil War in Siberia and Archangel. Almost immediately, everyone knew it was a disaster. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel examine it.
Description: For a brief moment in time, during the transition from the first to the second industrial revolution, it looked like pneumatic tubes might be the next wave of the future. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss.