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Excerpts from the 1930s exhibit the despondency of the Depression era, and several pieces record engineering and construction efforts to increase and stabilize employment. POWER’s pages also note the deaths of power pioneers like Charles Parsons, who invented the reaction steam turbine, and inventor Thomas Edison.
One interesting excerpt lists the basic mission of the power sector: That it should make and sell power when necessary; that it should do it cheaply with new technology and easier financing; and that it should cull waste with heat and power efficiency, cost-efficient operations, and sound transmission; and finally, that it should prevent “smoke, within reason.” Pieces from the 1930s also increasingly document the sector’s concerns about environmental pollution, noting for example, a growing fly ash problem that shouldn’t be ignored any longer.
In bright spots, however, POWER’s pages continued to highlight technical achievements. As shown here, one piece heralds the “beginning of extensive commercial development of high-pressure steam plants.”