Jewish Chronicle 1894 – Bayswater Synagogue Installs Electric Light

8q jc1894 1This is a bound volume of the Jewish Chronicle for the year 1894.  The format is a little different to the Jewish Chronicle of today.  The paper is better than modern newsprint and has stood up well to time.

The first thing that is noticeable is that there are no photographs.  Apart from the occasional engraved block included in advertisements, it is all print.  The second is that there are no headlines.  Announcements – Births, Marriages and deaths are the first item on the first page (The London Times and other newspapers used to use this convention as well).

Here is the front page for Friday, September 28th, 1894:

8q jc1894 page 208q jc1894 elec intro 10The Bayswater Synagogue, which was quite well-to-do installed electric lighting in 1894, and was probably the first Synagogue to do this in England.  It was quite revolutionary.  Gone were the chandeliers of overhead candles which would drip wax onto your top hat.  Gone were the flickering gas lights.  It was now possible to study Talmudic volumes of small print at night.

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