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Steak neighbor: "Oh! I see you live in a Medallion Home."
Me: "Pardon? A what?"
The steak neighbor pointed to the tarnished medallion on the front of our house under the house number, explaining: "A Medallion Home. These medallions were awarded to certain houses for how they were wired back in the 50s and 60s."
Me: "Really? I had no idea."
Steak neighbor: "Yep. Anyway, let us know if you want steaks."
Me: "Can do, and thanks!"
I never even noticed the medallion, so I looked it up. This is what it looks like without tarnish:
In October 1957, LBE launched the "Medallion Homes" campaign, which sought to sell 20,000 all-electric homes nationwide by 1958, 100,000 by 1960 and 970,000 by 1970.
To earn a gold medallion--a decal affixed to a home's entryway and considered the apex of modern, all-electric living--a home had to have an electric clothes washer and dryer, waste disposal, refrigerator and all-electric heating.
The Medallion Homes campaign was a huge success. By some estimates, the nationwide goal of about 1 million all-electric homes was achieved, according to the Edison Electric Institute, although data on the actual number built is unavailable.
Our house was retro-fitted with gas at some point, and we hope to alter it even further with off-the-grid power, but it's neat to learn wacky stuff about our house from neighbors who stop by to offer steak.
The steak neighbor pointed to the tarnished medallion on the front of our house under the house number, explaining: "A Medallion Home I loved this
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