Household Aids (Jun, 1930)

A half slice toaster? Couldn’t you just cut a piece of bread in half and use a regular toaster?

Household Aids

Inventions to Save You Time and Work Want only half a slice of toast? This tiny electric toaster is designed to give you exactly that. It uses only 150 watts and is adequate for the tea table or an individual breakfast.

With a foot on the loop in the handle, this pail is held steady while dry or oiled mop is cleared of dust by turning against blades.

Drinking Straw Pops Out When Bottle Is Opened (Apr, 1939)

Drinking Straw Pops Out When Bottle Is Opened

Don’t be surprised, when you open a bottle of your favorite soft drink, if a clean, sanitary straw pops out of the beverage. It’s the latest wrinkle in bottling and may make a fortune for its clever inventor. Inserted when the bottle is capped, the waterproof straw is closed at the top, trapping air that makes it buoyant. For use, you simply pinch the top to open it, and extend the telescoping straw so that it will be long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.

Automatic Egg Breaker (Aug, 1935)

Automatic Egg Breaker
This new separator cracks the shells of 3,600 eggs an hour, and holds them apart till the contents drain into the cups, where each is inspected. (Int. News)

A Five-Story Tin Can (Jan, 1948)

A Five-Story Tin Can
Phantom view above shows how five different vegetables share the new Layer Pak tin can put out by the Larsen Co., of Green Bay, Wis. The various layers of vegetables are separated by parchment-paper walls.

Milk Bottle Taps Cream Line (Sep, 1935)

Milk Bottle Taps Cream Line
A PAPER milk bottle containing a collapsible cellophane spout at the cream line has been invented in California to permit the removal of cream without disturbing the milk. To drain the cream, the spout is extended, and the liquid flows into a container. Because of the cheapness of manufacture, the bottle may be discarded after use. The inventor estimates the savings to be effected by the average family using this type of bottle at more than $2 a month.

Machine Makes Instant Ice Cream (Mar, 1935)

This sounds like a good idea. Would it work?

Machine Makes Instant Ice Cream

USING a new style freezer, freshly made ice cream can be produced in 40 seconds and delivered to a waiting customer.

The ingredients of the dish, after mixing are poured into the top of the machine where they are broken into a fine spray by an atomizer rotating at the speed of 3,000 turns per minute. The spray is thrown against the cylinder wall, which is maintained at a low temperature, where it freezes instantly.

Look Before You Eat (May, 1951)

Look Before You Eat

IF you’re a shy gourmet, constantly confused and embarrassed by super-duper menus in fancy restaurants, Keene’s English Chop House in New York City is the eating spot for you. They’ve discovered a way to show you exactly what each item looks like before you order it.

The Miracle of ICE from HEAT (Jun, 1939)

The Miracle of ICE from HEAT

Ingenious application of simple principle of physics turns the flame of a gas jet into ice cubes in the non-mechanical refrigerator.


TO THE average man there is nothing mysterious in mechanical refrigeration.

He knows that gases and vapors lose heat in expansion and that by a repeated cycle of compressions and expansions, confined gases can be cooled to an extent where they will operate as refrigerants. He knows that, in his domestic mechanical refrigerator, there is a motor and a pump which compress the refrigerant and that its repeated expansion in the coils in his box produces the cold that freezes his ice cubes and preserves his foodstuffs.

Pickles Put in Packages of Transparent Rubber (Jul, 1940)

Pickles Put in Packages of Transparent Rubber
Pickles, packaged in envelopes of a transparent rubber product, have been introduced by a leading American food packer. The water-tight container, which is protected by a cardboard box, holds neatly arranged sweet pickles which are packed in fluid just as when they are sold in glass bottles. Besides increasing the attractiveness of the commodity, the new method of packing is reported to eliminate bottle breakage and to reduce the weight of the containers.

Outdoor Grill for Barbecues (Apr, 1934)

Outdoor Grill for Barbecues

A VOGUE which it is predicted will shortly be taking housewives by storm is the idea of installing a grill in the back yard where real coal fires can be kindled for the barbecuing of meats and other dishes which require special treatment such as only a coal fire affords.

Marketed by an enterprising firm of specialty manufacturers, this new grill is so mounted on a pedestal that it is waist high, and swivels so that it can be kept facing the wind.