House and Home
Furniture Calculator Suspends Person in Mid-Air to Determine Contours (May, 1952)

Furniture Calculator Suspends Person in Mid-Air to Determine Contours

With a simple rig that suspends a person in mid-air, furniture designers can tailor-make a chair to fit the exact body contours of the subject. Rudolph Jegrt, an art instructor in Milwaukee, Wis., invented the contour delineator, which consists of two panels of steel mesh and some steel rods. The mesh panels are mounted two feet apart. A basic chair design is envisioned, and the rods pushed through the mesh to form the contour. The subject then climbs into the “chair” and the rods are shifted to match the subject’s body lines.

YOUR COLOR TYPE and how to live with it (Feb, 1950)

I’m really interested to find out how this “graphometer” on page 7 works. At several points the graph seems to go backwards, which is a bit odd.

YOUR COLOR TYPE and how to live with it

Step right up, folks, and select a color to fit your personality. The correct hue will make you sparkle, says Louis Cheskin, top color expert, who offers tips on redecorating your home.

By Clifford B. Hicks

IF YOU ARE emotionally normal, your favorite color likely is a particular shade of blue and your wife feels a strong attraction for magenta-red.

Your small children — given a choice — select bright-red toys. If you are a farmer, you prefer a great many colors other than grass green, but if you work in a steel mill, grass green likely is one of your favorites.

You may not realize it, but you probably find a strong-blue room depressing, a vivid-yellow room head-splitting, a bright-red room nerve-wracking and a leaf-green room boring.


PLASTIC TOILET SEATS of hygienic design are among the priority goods that will be available for the postwar home. Molded in one piece, and having a smooth finish that requires no varnish or paint, they are easy to clean and will withstand repeated sterilizing. The seats are available in either black or brown, and the manufacturers say they should last a lifetime.

All-In-One Kitchen (Jan, 1952)

All-In-One Kitchen combines a refrigerator with a three-burner range, sink, drainboard and storage compartment Unit is 27-1/2 in. high, 36 in. wide. Made by General Air Conditioning, Los Angeles.

Twenty Walls for Better Lights… (Jan, 1948)

Twenty Walls for Better Lights…

This shell is half of an icosahedron—a fancy word for a 20-sided room—used by Westinghouse engineers to test new street-lighting fixtures. When the technician above has adjusted the globe enclosing a bulb, the other half of the odd-shaped room is attached, and multiple walls give an even distribution of light. Brightness is then measured by a photocell mounted in a window at one side. For comparison, a bare bulb is similarly tested in the auxiliary socket at left.

How Your Automatic Toaster Works (Dec, 1947)

How Your Automatic Toaster Works

YOU push down the handle, wait . . . and the bread pops up all by itself, toasted to a turn. Ever stop to wonder how the toaster knows enough to brown your slice without burning it?

Automatic toasters are mostly of two types—both ingenious. One has a thermostat that cooks with the toast and switches off the current after the right amount of heat. The other kind is timed by clockwork, but uses a thermostat to speed up the machinery when full heat is reached. Here is what goes on inside both types, shown in Toastmaster toasters through the courtesy of A. Lockyer of Toaster Appliance Sales
and Service Co., New York City.

Tomorrow’s Store Today (Jan, 1948)

Tomorrow’s Store Today

Foley’s is designed to channel the flow of incoming stock and outgoing customers and purchases with maximum efficiency.

DOWN in Houston, Texas, is what is said to be the most modern department store in the world. Foley’s is carefully planned to speed the flow of customers and merchandise. Shoppers park their cars in the garage and walk through a tunnel to the store. All purchases go down a chute to the basement and travel on a belt conveyor to the sorting ring in the garage. Each customer’s bundles are waiting for him when he is ready to drive out. The ten-million-dollar store is six stories high, but it has been so built that six more stories can be added if business increases and more space is needed.

Super Chef – 1965? (Sep, 1955)


Super Chef – 1965?

Set the table . . . then set the dial! Future meals could be as easy as that with this miracle meal-getter. And, maybe tomorrow it will be a reality.

When it is, New Departure will play an important part, just as it does in so many of today’s work-savers. For example, you’ll find New Departure ball bearings in almost every major appliance . . . and for good reason. They keep moving parts functioning smoothly, while requiring virtually no maintenance. They support loads from any direction . . . keep parts always in perfect alignment.

If you’re dreaming up tomorrow’s time-saver, or improving your present product, call on New Departure for the most dependable ball bearings in the world.



PIE PLATE RIM, easily snapped in place, prevents juices from running over edge into oven, allows baking of extra-thick pastries.

DRAWER OVEN for electric range works like filing cabinet, eliminating stooping to inspect baking. Compartment slides out on roller bearings, rear panel keeping heat in oven if drawer is out.

ICE MASSAGE finger closes pores of skin, stimulates circulation same as piece of ice does, without annoying drip of water. Metal tube is filled with refrigerant solution, and cooled by storing in icebox just before using.

SPINNING COFFEE POT whirls hot water through ground coffee at high velocity, making coffee from hot water in from 1 to 4 minutes, depending upon
flavor and strength preferred.

HEAT BOUNCER in form of thin aluminum sheet slips back of radiator, throws heat out into room by reflection from foil.

Largest Omelet Fried in Half-Ton Pan With 7,200 Eggs (Nov, 1931)

I really wish they had a picture of the girls greasing the pan wearing bacon ice skates.

Largest Omelet Fried in Half-Ton Pan With 7,200 Eggs
DID you ever hear of an omelet frying record? Well, such a record was established for all time recently at Chehalis, Washington, where a Gargantuan omelet, composed of 7,200 eggs, was fried in an eight-foot pan weighing nearly half a ton.

A record for novelty in greasing was also established when two young ladies used the pan as a skating rink, the skates being slabs of bacon tied to their feet. Stirring the omelet required use of a huge paddle larger than a rowboat oar as shown in the photo above. One Swede remarked that the whole thing was a big yolk.