Need I add that other people have more expected chairs on their blocks? Only one was finished at our meeting. A couple were more traditional depictions of chairs and a couple were somewhat abstract or "artistic". All five will be shown together as one exhibit at the Bayberry show in August.
Edison vs Westinghouse
“The French have their guillotines,”
said Tom. “So bloody. So ugly.”
“The English have their chopping blocks,”
said George, “So medieval, so evil.”
“Firing squads are not sure fire
And hangings are primitive and pioneer,”
Tom and George agreed.
“The world is changing, yes indeed,
in every way, we have electricity today.”
Both set to work, each designed a chair,
dependably fatal and bloodless anywhere.
Tom patented his invention first in 1888.
“Well,” said George. “I’ll sell more bulbs,
appliances too, just you wait.”
From 1890 to today, twelve long decades
“The Chair,” was the nightmare of death row,
emptying prisons and murderers and traitors.
For twelve long decades, in US prisons,
“Old Sparky,” or “Smoky” held sway
but lethal injection is mostly used today.