House and Home
Handy Aids for Homemakers (Feb, 1933)

Handy Aids for Homemakers

Looking like the heat register of a hot air furnace, the gas heater shown at left and above, is suspended in a metal box beneath the floor. The burner, radiator, and air ducts are in this box and only the grating, through which the heat escapes into the room, is seen

Discarded razor blades, set in an oak handle, which is provided with a guiding flange for cutting along the top of a carton, make a knife with which paper containers are readily opened

Danish Furniture Knocks Down for Moving (Feb, 1947)

Danish Furniture Knocks Down for Moving

DESIGNED chiefly for sale in Europe’s war-devastated countries, this new line of Danish furniture sacrifices little in visual appeal. Modern in appearance, the simple, functional pieces are well suited to mass production methods. They can be quickly set up or taken apart, thus easing the moving problem on the unsettled continent. Shipping and storing difficulties are correspondingly lessened, since in a knocked-down condition the furniture occupies less than a quarter of its’ normal volume. Stacking also allows for considerable saving of space.



Houses of cotton are proposed by Lawrence Kocher, noted architect, to solve the low-cost housing problem. Models of two types; a $1,500 five-room home and a week-end house, have been designed. A weatherproof exterior is provided by a roof and walls of fireproofed cotton ducking stretched over a wooden structural frame. Inner walls are also of cotton. Insulating material may be added to exclude heat and cold. Since the canvas is flexible, it is adaptable to any shaped surface.



Tightly sheathed on roof and sides with unused automobile license tags, a serviceable garage, seventeen feet square and ten feet high, with space for two cars has been built in Denver, Colo. The tags’ were obtained from a surplus of 22,000 left over in the office of the secretary of state. More than 10,000 of the plates, which are rust-proof, were required to cover the structure. They were laid overlapping like shingles upon a rough board siding and a layer of tar paper. A coat of paint was applied to obliterate the numbers.

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.

Growing Grass Turns Roof Into a Lawn (Jan, 1933)

Growing Grass Turns Roof Into a Lawn

Covering a roof with growing grass might seem fantastic to most persons, but Louis Koefoed, an architect of East Rockaway, N.Y., has found it practical as well as decorative. Since he applied a roofing of sod over tar paper to his dwelling last fall he has experienced a welcome decline in his coal consumption. Moreover, he expects the heat-insulating covering to keep his home twenty degrees cooler next summer. Pipes along the peak of the roof spray the growing grass with water and keep the “lawn” roof green.

Latest in Mechanical Helpers for the Housewife (Nov, 1931)

Latest in Mechanical Helpers for the Housewife

Equipped with umbrella-like array of clothes racks and a rapid heater unit in the base, this electric drier does the work of 75 feet of clothes line and a hot sun. Extremely light, it can be set up anywhere and folded away instantly. Jacket snaps over clothes to conserve the heat.

Removing base turns new percolator into beverage pitcher. Container unit screws on heater base.

What’s New for Your Home (Feb, 1954)

It’s the bedazzler!

What’s New for Your Home

1. FAT FILTER purifies and freshens cooking grease for repeated use. The filter consists of an aluminum unit that fits over shortening containers, and a chemically treated filter. The chemical counteracts fatty , acids which cause fats to turn rancid. The filter is finely woven to trap all foreign particles

2. GEM SETTER that works like a stapler permits anyone to set rhinestones or pearls in fabric. Easy and economical to use, the device works on the same principle as professional machines. A dozen complete sets of rhinestones and settings are included, and refills of rhinestones or pearls are also available

Bachelor Invents Safe Safety Pin (Oct, 1935)

It seems that if the pin’s default action was to close it would be really hard to actually use one because you’d have to keep it pried open to put it through the cloth.

I’m having a little trouble accepting the statistic that that safety pins caused more deaths than guns. But he is a bachelor so I guess he’d know best.

Bachelor Invents Safe Safety Pin

A BACHELOR had to solve the problem of inventing a safety pin that would be safe in more than name only. With statistics proving that more lives are lost from safety pins than from firearms, Victor Grant Jones, a Seattle bachelor, decided that something must be done about it.



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.