House and Home
Foam Furniture Rises Like Bread (Jun, 1970)

Those chairs are really cool. Why do you think they don’t sell flat packed chairs anymore? My guess is because it would be too fun for customers to walk along with a key and puncture them. I know that when I was a snot-nosed little punk I delighted in puncturing the vacuum sealed coffee packs in the supermarket.

Foam Furniture Rises Like Bread

What goes up and doesn’t come down? A new kind of furniture called “Up.” You buy it flat-as-a-pancake in a vinyl package. Cut open the vinyl and the pancake automatically expands into a modern chair. Once expanded, it cannot be recompressed and cannot be punctured.

It works like this: At the factory in Italy the furniture is molded of poly-urethane foam, and covered with stretch upholstery. Then, in a vacuum chamber, the piece is compressed to force out the air, and sealed in the airtight package. Open the package and the foam absorbs air, expanding to its
designed size and shape.

Electrically Heated Screen and Foot Pad Take Chill From Cold Room (Jul, 1932)

Do you have to sit like that? Or are they just having a bomb drill?

Electrically Heated Screen and Foot Pad Take Chill From Cold Room
CHILLING surfaces, cold, damp walls and frosty windows need no longer bring discomfort to the home or office. All their icy darts are robbed of their sting by a new electric screen and pad, shown ‘on the right, which have just been constructed by L. W. Schad of East Pittsburg, Pa.

Connected to a light socket by an extension cord, the electrically heated screen serves as an auxiliary radiator and can be moved anywhere about the house or placed between your desk and the window, where it will heat the room and also protect vou from the draft. The chilling effect of cold floors is eliminated when standing on one of the heated pads which, like the screen, can be moved about as desired.

Handy Aids for the Homemaker (May, 1936)

I would love to see an infomercial for the 3-in-1 Iron/Stovetop/Curling Iron. What do you think it would be called?

Handy Aids for the Homemaker

A container now supplied with a moth-killing compound is fitted with a moving indicator to show how much of the chemical it contains at any time. When the supply runs low, it can be renewed easily

For large heads of cabbage or lettuce, which cannot be put in the average refrigerator receptacle, rubber-fabric bags are now available. They close snugly with snap fasteners

Riding and Rowing Machine in One (Apr, 1940)

Riding and Rowing Machine in One
Said to provide the healthy exercise of both rowing and horseback riding, a new machine, shown in use above, has hinged handlebars, foot rests, and seat which move through arcs to simulate the beneficial motions of both sports. A hydraulic piston provides resistance.

What’s New in Modern Living (Mar, 1945)

What’s New in Modern Living

SOYBEAN SHOE PATCHES for resoling footwear at home are spread on worn spots on soles and pressed in with an iron. The material comes in the form of dough. It is manufactured by Elliot E. Simpson Co., of New York.

PLASTIC-COVERED HEELS for women’s shoes are available in dull or glossy finish and in a variety of colors. These nonscuff heels, made by Pereles Bros., Inc., of Milwaukee, have wood cores that take leather lifts.

There’s No Place Like Home (Mar, 1946)

I particularly like this article because when I was growing up my family owned a grocery store and later a restaurant on the corner of Bedford street, just a few doors down from the narrow house featured on the second page. I remember being totally credulous when my dad explained that the family living there were really skinny so the narrow confines didn’t bother them at all.

There’s No Place Like Home

WITH some real ingenuity and a carpenter father, Thelma Burnette, of Santa Monica, Calif., licked the housing problem—and made money on it to boot. She bought an obsolete double-decker bus for $50. Her father, Carl M. Burnette, took the body off the chassis and set it on a concrete foundation, tore off the hood and one side, built a bedroom, dressing room, and bath adjoining the open side, and put a fireplace and chimney where the hood had been.

Then the energetic Miss Burnette sold the leather-upholstered lower-deck seats and the wooden ones from the upper deck a few at a time. She got back more than her $50.

Alarm Clock Closes Bedroom Window in the Morning (Feb, 1940)

Alarm Clock Closes Bedroom Window in the Morning

ALTHOUGH many methods of using an alarm clock to close a bedroom window in the early morning have been devised, one of the simplest is that illustrated. The window is adjusted to slide easily, and, if necessary, hot paraffin is applied to the runs. The weight is a piece of iron pipe with its lower end closed by a cap and its upper end by a wooden plug. Lead shot is poured into the pipe until it closes the window gently.

To hold the window up, an ordinary bolt is used as indicated. Beneath this an inexpensive alarm clock (with bell removed) is mounted on two screws by means of slotted holes in an L-shaped bracket soldered to the case. It can then be readily removed for winding. A piece of stiff wire is soldered to the alarm-winding key of the clock and bent so as to engage the hole in the bolt from which the knob has been removed. When the alarm goes off, the key turns the wire and slides the bolt back so that the window will immediately close automatically.—

New Appliances for the Home (Feb, 1936)

How much do you want to bet that the secret ingredient in the fireproof mattress is asbestos?

New Appliances for the Home

SHAVING STAND. Mounted on a heavy base, this metal stand holds everything needed in shaving. A built-in light below the mirror receives power througn an extension cord running from the base. There is a brush holder with cup, and a tray for razor and soap. The height is adjustable

An exact “jiggerful” of liquor is drawn from a bottle when the rubber bulb on this new highball-mixing aid is pressed as illustrated above


Those mashed potatoes look pretty good, but I’m waiting for the creamed spinach in a spray can. Yum!


Your favorite food may soon be available in push-button containers with the exciting new Polysol packing process.

By Robert G. Beason

A MADISON AVENUE advertising executive, discussing a sales campaign with a new client, shoved his chair back and said, “Charley, if you can put a push button on it you’ll make a fortune. Nobody can resist a push button.”

The ad man knew whereof he spoke. One of his other clients was a manufacturer of women’s hair lacquer. It was a good product but sales were poor —until he started packaging the lacquer in an aerosol container, a pressurized can with a push button on top. In three years’ time, sales of the lacquer increased 25-fold!

New Conveniences for the Home (Jan, 1933)

New Conveniences for the Home

ELECTRIC MIXER AND CAN OPENER. Driven by a small motor, this new kitchen utensil, which is said to cause no radio interference, combines a meat chopper, can opener, and also a knife sharpener

LOOSENS ICE TRAY. Tipped with rubber, this tool is specially designed for use in prying out ice trays. Handle shoved forward against shank jars the tray loose

BUTTON ON SALT SHAKER, Salt flows from this shaker when a white button is pressed and pepper comes at pressure on a black button. Movable cork breaks up salt lumps so they will flow easily