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Check out these amazing photos of the modern home exhibition at the RDS from 1967

By 1967 many homes were connected so there was a strong focus on electrical devices for sale.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF ESB’S modern home exhibition from the 1960s have been revealed as part of a new website from the electricity company.

The archives website has been launched ahead of the company’s 90th anniversary next year.

It’s made up of a collection of photographs and maps that reveal the significant change electricity has made to Irish society.

The home exhibition was launched at the RDS in 1960 with the Irish Farmer’s Journal dubbing it the ‘best ever’ exhibit and ‘one of the most ambitious at the Spring Show’.

Here’s a look at what the perfect Irish home looked like in 1967:

rds_electricity-exhibt-and-demonstrators (1) RDS electricity exhibit, with demonstrators Source: ESB


Demonstrators were on hand to explain how to use all the devices.

rds_home-exhibit_ktichen-with-demonstrators_1960s-e1461143051562 RDS home exhibit, kitchen with demonstrators, 1960s Source: ESB

rds_home-exhibit_1960s-e1461143067987 RDS home exhibit, 1960s Source: ESB

Here’s the sitting room. Those curtains.


rds_home-exhibit_dining-room_1960s-e1461143133611 Source: RDS

rds_home-exhibit_interior_1960s-e1461143144991 Source: ESB

ESB had launched its Rural Electrification Scheme from 1956 to 1965, by 1967 many homes were connected so there was a strong focus on electrical devices for sale:

rds_exhibit_refridgeration_2-august-1960 Source: ESB

Read: These old photos show a changing Ireland as electricity spread across the country>

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