When I was very young, a lot of the old homes had those push button
light switches. The top button was ON, bottom was OFF. They were usually
black and white, while some had a pearl inlay on the bottons. I remember
being fascinated by them at Grandma's house, since my parents house
built in 1952 had the modern (rather boring) switches we all have today.
I also recall some rotary switches that were rather nice, except may of
those were downright dangerous since the actual 120V wires were on
EXPOSED screws (or did they come with covers that fell off over time?)
Those were always connected to knob & tube wiring systems, so it's
pretty apparent why they vanished with time.
Today, all light switches are pretty much the same, and lack any
artistic qualities. Yea, there are rocker switches available, but they
are no more interesting than the standard flip switches.
Homes in general have lost the old artistic qualities. I recall all the
fancy carvings around the gables, which was usually called
"gingerbread". Today's homes are all pretty much the same box
construction, with little uniqueness or artistic quality. Either people
have lost "taste" or they are just too busy with work and politics and
thier facebook accounts to give a damn about making their homes unique
and creative. It's a real shame, and I miss all of that, and I miss
those push button switches, and the sounds of coal fired boilers
clanking in the heavy iron pipes and radiators, and the smell of
homemade bread and cookies, back when people still baked at home.
But they call it progress. Now we have computers, where everyone can go
on facebook and find out exactly what time our neighbors took a shit,
and which ones were arrested last night and which are getting a divorce.
They call it progress, but I sure cant see what has progressed.... In
fact, I think we have all taken a step backwards and resorted back to
our primate origins, where we no longer have any creativity, but we will
continue to decline as a species until we live only to destroy. Destroy
everything from the past, and destroy each other!