I came across this group of images of the "Southern Public Utilities Company." No captions or dates but I'm guessing photos were taken in the 1930s. Did Duke Energy originate from this company? I'd love to know more.
Update #1: David Scanzoni of Duke Energy supplied this brief history:
'Catawba Manufacturing and Electric Power Company is a predecessor company of Southern Power Company. Southern Power Company merged into what was then called Duke Power Company in 1927. A separate company with a similar name – Southern Public Utilities Company – merged into Duke Power Company in 1935.'
(there's another Update below)
'Two biggest things in town. This elephant and low prices on Kelvinators.
Southern Public Utility Co.'
Look at the electric bolts on their uniforms!
Clayton and Selwyn Hotels in background.
(Makes me want to sing 'Wichita Lineman' by Glen Campbell.)
Possibly my favorite photo of all time. Second Prize for Baking is a vacuum.
First Prize is an electric range!
Update #2: Twitter follower @downhillskater sent this photo of a 'Cozy Glow' heater he owns from that era. Now the ad above makes sense --- you can see three of them in the window display!
'Father likes the cozy glow because they stand the test.
Mother likes the cozy glow because they are the best.' (I think)
Sign says something about 'An electric range for all mothers' but I can't make out the rest.
I love the barefoot children.