House and Home
Vacuum Cleaner Does Wash (Dec, 1951)

Vacuum Cleaner Does Wash
The mass of soapy bubbles in this wash-tub was formed by the perforated steel tubing in the hands of its German inventor. Attached to the blower of a vacuum cleaner and placed in the bottom of the tub, it is said to do an effective job of clothes-washing with a third the soap normally used.

Electric Razor Brushes Teeth (Jun, 1939)

Electric Razor Brushes Teeth
Toothbrush and razor, both electrically operated, are now available in a single unit just placed on the market. The body of the device is a small, oblong container housing an electric motor that draws current through an extension cord plugged into a wall outlet. Either a rotating brush for cleaning the teeth, or a cutting mechanism for shaving, may be inserted in the working head, which is connected to the motor unit by means of a flexible shaft.

New Mechanical Devices Make Housekeeping Easy (Mar, 1933)

New Mechanical Devices Make Housekeeping Easy

TAKES OFF CRUST. Slowly pushing this tool into a loaf of” bread as far as it will go, removes the entire crust at once. This leaves the loaf all ready to use in making round sandwiches

TAPE IN PHONE DIAL CASE. A tape fifty feet in length is enclosed in a case designed like phone dial

CLOCK RUNS GAS HEATER. With the clock control device shown below, a gas heater is turned on or off. It can be set to keep the gas burning for any desired time up to an hour

PERFUMES CLOTHES As a flatiron is passed over the block of paraffin, shown below, it is lubricated so it moves easily over the clothes and as the paraffin is perfumed, a sweet scent is added to the garments. The sheet of asbestos, made into book form, serves as an iron rest

Table Folds Into Giant Die Cube (Aug, 1935)

Table Folds Into Giant Die Cube

NEWEST in modernistic furniture to be developed in Hollywood is a card table which closes up to form a 2-1/2 foot cube having large black dots like those on dice. Three-legged folding chairs fit compactly underneath the table. Two doors to each side swing outward when the table is in use.

The center black dot in the table top is a loose disc fitted with a flush handle. When removed it reveals three shelves for cards, chips, and score cards.



A British country dweller walks a quarter of a mile to get a drink of water, without leaving his own cellar! To raise the large bucket in his 300-foot well, Fred Hoare, of Beauworth, Hants, installed a twelve-foot treadmill beside the shaft.

When he steps inside it to take his daily constitutional, a windlass puts his exercise to practical use and winds in the cable to which the bucket, shown in the photograph below, is attached. Thus he secures his daily supply of water.

Would you Live in a Stainless-Steel Igloo? (May, 1945)

Would you Live in a Stainless-Steel Igloo?

These heavily insulated steel shells are a new approach to the housing problem. Low in cost and portable, they give a wide flexibility of layout.


YOU can’t make an electric light just by perfecting a wax candle.” So says Martin Wagner, Harvard professor and internationally known architect, in explaining how he conceived the unique igloolike houses shown on these pages.

Most modern prefabricated houses, Wagner asserts, are at the same stage of development that automobiles had reached when their builders were trying to make them look like buggies. In his opinion, a steel, plywood, and plastic house that is produced in a factory should not merely imitate wooden, carpenter-built houses. Instead, it should make full use, in form as well as construction, of new materials and new techniques.

Thirteen New Aids Designed for the Busy Housewife (Dec, 1930)

Thirteen New Aids Designed for the Busy Housewife

SOAP IN STEEL WOOL. In order to protect the user’s hands and expedite cleaning, a holder for steel wool has been developed which makes it unnecessary to handle the wool, which is impregnated with soap.

BURN YOUR RUBBISH. Food wastage and scraps from cooking are quickly disposed of in a kitchen incinerator, right, that can be installed under any gas range. It connects with stovepipe so all odors escape, has a pilot light for burners, and a convenient control handle.

HANGER FOR STOCKINGS. Dresser drawers are not cumbered with stockings if a converted coat hanger is used to hold them straight and convenient in your closet. It has metal clips that will also hold drying gloves.


Adding a handle to the container in which prepared food is packed, the manufacturers have turned the glass jar into a stein. When the metal lid that protects the contents is removed, it is found that the lip of the jar is smooth, there being neither threads nor shoulder to interfere with its use as a stein, which it closely resembles in shape and size. When purchased the stein is hermetically sealed.

Home Beer Dispenser Keeps Foam Collar Under Control (Jul, 1933)

Home Beer Dispenser Keeps Foam Collar Under Control
AT LAST science has done something really worth while. This something is the introduction of a “direct draft” beer pump which, the inventors claim, eliminates “wild beer,” controls the foamy collar, and delivers the so-called non-intoxicating fluid at the proper temperature.
Shown at the left, the pump attaches directly to the barrel, and is thus especially suitable for the home, or for picnics and parties, where it gives a professional air to the dispensing. The liquid feeds into a reservoir tank, and is drawn off into the drinking glass by the turn of a handle.

Early Modern Corkscrew (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.