"Since the last day of college, I have been living with a Weston ammeter made in Newark, N.J., in the late 1890s – a device that performs a single task: measure electric currents. It reminds me that there was an era before ours when people expressed pride and dignity in entirely different ways. There’s no reason I should feel nostalgic, or wistful, or vaguely turned on when I look at the ammeter, but I do.”
Jacob Krupnick was photographed in New York City on November 2nd. You can follow him on Twitter.