House and Home
TV Floor Chair (Dec, 1950)

TV Floor Chair
Television spectators who like to lounge on the floor in front of the set now can lean comfortably against a padded backrest. The collapsible seat, similar in style to a familiar type of lawn chair, has a long pad which extends out across the floor. The pad not only provides a cushion for the viewer, but also prevents the backrest from scooting across the floor when he leans against it. Adjustable to three positions, the backrest places some viewers low enough so that they don’t interfere with the view of others who are seated on conventional chairs.

Onion Slicer Spares Housewife’s Tears (Sep, 1938)

This is one of the gadgets that has allowed generations of infomercial hucksters to proclaim “It’s Just That Easy!”. I’m guessing they don’t tell the marks er, audience, that it first came out 70 years ago.

Onion Slicer Spares Housewife’s Tears
EQUIPPED with an airtight cover and a close-fitting plunger, the kitchen device shown at left enables a housewife to chop or slice onions without bringing the usual tears to her eyes. The plunger has four sharp cutting blades and can be used as vigorously as necessary, a wooden disc in the bottom serving as a chopping block.


SILVERICE BALLS the modern method of cooling food products

Here is the latest, sensationally new way of chilling food—cooling drinks in hot weather, and keeping food fresh and appetizing while on the table.

Place SILVERICE BALLS in any ice-making refrigerator chamber long enough to freeze—take them out—drop two balls in a glass of water, ginger ale or other drink. In a few minutes you have a cool, refreshing drink. SILVERICE BALLS placed in a butter dish or salad plate, keeps butter chilled and firm—the salad crisp and tasty.

Device Dries Wash In 3 Minutes (Apr, 1936)

Device Dries Wash In 3 Minutes

AN ELECTRICAL clothes drier using centrifugal force is capable of rough drying the family laundry in three minutes. The dryer plugs in on any light circuit, and is small enough to fit in any out-of-the-way corner.

The clothes to be dried are suspended by a net inside a rotating cylinder. As the rotation casts the water off, air currents are drawn through the clothes to hasten the process through evaporation. A waste pipe draws off the excess water.

The dryer is much easier on clothes than wringing, as well as being much faster. It was developed in Germany.

Digits Make It Big in Clocks (Jul, 1973)

Wow, $109 dollars in 1973 for a crappy digital clock radio.

Digits Make It Big in Clocks

By Len Buckwalter

ONCE it was the hula-hoop. Then home calculators. Now it’s digital clocks that we’re flipping over. More than half of all clocks sold in this country nowadays come without round face and hands. Instead, a window displays time in changing numbers that resemble those seen on computers.

Stove From Unexploded Bomb (Feb, 1949)

I want one of these.

Stove From Unexploded Bomb
Even unexploded bombs are being used in Germany for commercial products because of the shortage of materials. A Hamburg firm is removing the explosive from 1000-pound dud bombs and rebuilding the shells into stoves. Hinged doors permit fuel to be added and ashes to be taken out.

Automobile Hot Dog Cooker (Mar, 1950)

Auto Oven Cooks Hot Dogs
Want a hot dog on the road? Just plug this heater into your car’s electrical system. It cooks two wieners in three to five minutes. Priced at $3.95, it also comes in a 115-volt version for the home. It is called the Hot Dog Sizzler and is made by the Thomas Manufacturing Co., of Chicago.

Tortillas Meet The Machine Age (Nov, 1950)

Interesting quote:
“After being cut, the dough is carried on a canvas belt to the asbestos conveyor of the first oven.”

I wonder how many other food products used to be cooked on asbestos conveyor belts.

Tortillas Meet The Machine Age

By Jack B. Kemmerer

THE INDIANS of Mexico first made tortillas between 2000 and 1000 B.C., when most historians agree that corn originated in Guatemala and southern Mexico.

The ancient method of making tortillas by hand had never changed until recently. Now, the tortilla has met the machine age.

Pipe Holster (Apr, 1946)

PIPE SMOKERS who find their favorite briers sometimes get in the way will be interested in this leather holster that protects both the pipe and the clothing. It is worn on a belt or button. Moisture drains into a washable plastic cup fitting in the bottom of the holder.

British House of the Future (Sep, 1956)

In the future men will apparently dress like Smurfs.

This is a House?

British architects have designed this Home Of The Future to prove that living will be much easier in the brave new world of tomorrow.