New Devices FOR THE BUSY HOMEMAKER (Jul, 1933)


NEW COCONUT SHREDDER. This new fruit juicer, which has a detachable reamer, can be quickly changed into a coconut shredder. It is easily demounted for cleaning

INDIVIDUAL ASHTRAY. The tray, above, is of asbestos and is designed for individual use. When soiled it is thrown away. It can also be used as a coaster for glasses

REST FOR FLATIRON Illustrated in circle is a new flatiron rest that is attached to ironing board so iron slides onto it without the necessity for lifting it. One advantage claimed is that it leaves the board clear for work

New Refrigerator Has Built-in Radio Receiver (Aug, 1937)

New Refrigerator Has Built-in Radio Receiver

A REFRIGERATOR equipped with a built-in radio has been placed on the market. So popular was the first model that the manufacturer has made available a choice of several models in different sizes equipped with radio. This has been accomplished by having the radio mounted in the top of the refrigerator, and having the refrigerator constructed so that a top equipped with radio may be substituted for one without.

Electricity Is Chef In White House (Dec, 1935)

Electricity Is Chef In White House

GONE are the old style ranges which formerly browned the presidential turkey, and when President Roosevelt, family and guests are seated about their Thanksgiving table they will be served a banquet such as the venerable White House has never seen before.

In place of the gleaming black stoves there will be sleek, stainless metal, all-electric ranges embodying the latest features known to science. The turkey and pumpkin pie will be browned to a turn by robot chefs, while the real chefs are left free to practice their art without fear of the stove’s over-heating.
By Thanksgiving the entire kitchen will be remodeled on a scale second to none in the country. Once more the First Lady will have the First Kitchen of the Land.

Coffee Made Visible In New Urn (Aug, 1936)

Coffee Made Visible In New Urn
FITTED with an automatic temperature control a new type of glass coffee urn for restaurant use was recently displayed in Chicago before a group of nationally known hotel men. Through the use of a special thermostatic control the temperature of the coffee never exceeds 200 degrees or goes below 196 degrees. Amount of coffee in urn is always visible to both customer and waiter.

FRIGOMAT (Aug, 1957)

FRIGOMAT cools liquid as it is pumped from bottle into glass. The plastic German device fits any type beverage bottle. It was unveiled at Frankfurt International Fair.


Official Coffee Tester for Uncle Sam is the title of H. A. Lepper of the Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. It is his job to pass on all coffee purchased for the Army, Navy, veteran’s hospitals, and even for the inmates of Leavenworth and Atlanta prisons. After samples have been given various tests, coffee is brewed from each and the results are then graded by him.

Compact Toaster for Marshmallows (Dec, 1930)

Now that’s a niche product.

Compact Toaster for Marshmallows

THE latest thing in electrical household appliances is an electrical marshmallow toaster which toasts both sides of the confection at once. Ladies will find this little device useful for entertaining at bridge parties, as they permit the preparation of dainty desserts on the dining table. Six marshmallows may be toasted at once, and enough of the tid-bits for a large party may be toasted in a very few minutes.

Corkscrew Puts Leverage on Stubborn Stoppers (May, 1939)

Corkscrew Puts Leverage on Stubborn Stoppers
Even the most stubborn cork is said to be tamed by the powerful leverage of a new corkscrew. Inserting the screw in the cork, by turning a winged key, raises a pair of geared arms to a horizontal position. Push the arms down again, and out comes the cork, under pressure applied through a flange that fits over the neck of the bottle. The two operations are shown in the pictures below.

Grocer Builds “X-ray” to Sell Customers Flawless Spuds (Nov, 1932)

I’m not sure what potatoes cost in 1932, but it can’t have been enough to make this worthwhile.

Grocer Builds “X-ray” to Sell Customers Flawless Spuds

WHAT is more embarrassing to a housewife who boasts of her cooking than to have her mashed potatoes turn out black, or to have her guest slice into a deliriously deliciously baked cobbler and find it with a black cavity?

Confronted with complaints from housewives on bad potatoes, an Ames, Iowa, groceryman rigged up a potato X-ray, or candling device to inspect choice potatoes before they go to the fastidious customer.



SIX OUNCES of grass juice. Prescriptions such as that are all in the day’s work for Abraham G. Balfour. Fresh bottled grass juice, which is said to vie with spinach as a source of calcium and vitamins, is but one of more than 700 varieties of fruit and vegetable juices and their blends which he produces in his Englewood, N. J., laboratory. His unique factory is running twenty-four hours a day, and shipments of choice garden and orchard products from as far away as California arrive at Englewood on a daily schedule.