In Tennessee, where my forefathers and mothers came from, Rural Electrification came about the time the new dam systems of TVA were established, though they didn't ever provide that much electricity. The Tennessee Valley Authority was part of the effort to provide work for people during the depression, through the WPA.
In 1947, Sevier County, TN: "May 27 - Zion Hill Baptist Church made a $5.00 deposit to the Sevier County Electric System to get on line for electricity."
"On this day in 1936, a fifty-eight-mile power line near Bartlett, Texas, was energized, according to some sources the first in the nation under the Rural Electrification Administration. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt began the REA in May 1935, only about 2 percent of the farms in Texas (and only about 10 percent nationally) had electricity. The REA was originally intended to be a large-scale depression relief agency like the Work Projects Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, but became a lending agency instead with the passage of legislation cosponsored by Sam Rayburn. The $33,000 loan to a group of farmers at Bartlett was one of the first ten loans made by the REA. The REA had an incalculable impact on life in rural Texas, especially in the Panhandle, which had become something of a proving ground for New Deal programs thanks to the influence of Marvin Jones, chairman of the House Agricultural Committee. The REA first brought electric power to the rural Panhandle in Deaf Smith County in 1937. By 1965, instead of only 2 percent of Texas farms with electricity, there were only 2 percent without electricity." SOURCE: Texas History on Line
What are these folks doing?
A time without electricity.
And several sources of information say that. The kerosene lamp to start.
Then the portable radio.
But what is on top of it? A clock saying 10 after 7. And some other dial? It seems to have hand(s) pointed around the 11:00 place on it's dial.
The gentleman's watch doesn't seem to agree with a 7:10 reading.
But a clue is that this is in Miami, Florida, according to Sepia Saturday this week. Anyone there and then might know about barometers to know when a hurricane was coming, and that you couldn't count on electric power during/after storms. So I'm guessing that these folks are dealing with one of those storms back when they all had women's names.
"The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment." Johannes Kepler