FIFTEEN TIME-SAVING Household Inventions (Mar, 1935)

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FIFTEEN TIME-SAVING Household Inventions

CHILD’S EATING SET. This practically unbreakable outfit will save the family china. The dish is divided into compartments for food, and has a well for the tumbler. A flange on the edge makes it almost impossible to tip it over

INDIVIDUAL PERCOLATOR. Coffee can be percolated right in the cup with this clever device, which has a 220-watt immersion-type heater in the middle of the coffee basket. It may also be used as a heater for water or milk

COFFEE AS YOU LIKE IT. With the automatic percolator shown above, you can be sure of having coffee weak, medium, or strong, as preferred. The dial is set for the strength desired, and the automatic control does the rest

FLEXIBLE TOASTER. This three-slice toaster will make one or two slices without wasting current, as the heaters for the empty chambers can be turned off. When toast has been made, a small heating unit keeps it warm

VERSATILE KNIFE. Cutting the skin of an orange, as shown, is one of the many home tasks for which this odd-shaped knife is suited. Two blades on the same side adapt it for scraping paint off glass, cutting cardboard, and many other purposes

TOWEL RACK FOR SINK Towels are kept conveniently on this handy rack, which is easily attached without tools to the kitchen sink and is rigid and permanent. A similar model is available for use on wash basins of usual design

SASHLESS WINDOW. Two metal-bound panes of glass, forming this new sashless window for homes, slide easily on bearings in a weather-stripped groove. A tempered spring catch snaps to lock the window when it is closed. Photo at left shows inventor demonstrating the use of the window with a working model

KITCHEN ROBOT. This electric servant washes and irons the clothes; washes and dries dishes; mixes drinks, whips cream, and beats eggs; chops meat, churns butter, and extracts fruit juices; polishes the silverware and sharpens cutlery. When not in use, it folds out of the way under the sink, as illustrated herewith

FIXES LOOSE CHAIR RUNGS. A rung that has come loose may be fixed in a jiffy without nails or glue, with the little anchor plate shown at the left. It is inserted halfway in the socket and the rung is driven home. Tangs hold it fast

TO KEEP SILVER BRIGHT. The jar shown above contains a chemical which absorbs tarnish-producing vapors from the air in a silver drawer. It is merely opened and placed in the drawer, and is said to prevent tarnish very effectively

GUARDS NURSING NIPPLE. The glass cap shown above keeps the nipple of a nursing bottle sterile until feeding time. This makes it possible to put on the regular nipple when the bottle is filled, instead of a temporary cap

HAMMER AND NAIL KIT. This handy outfit provides a box with six sizes of nails, and a hammer with a magnetized end which makes it possible to pick out a nail without pricking the finger. The box has six compartments and a rotating top turned with the hammer, which can be easily inserted

KITCHEN PAPER RACK. Four kinds of paper useful in the kitchen are kept conveniently in rolls on this wall rack. They include waterproof paper for wrapping garbage; heavy waxed paper for general use; parchment paper for cooking, and paper for drying hands

NOVEL ASH TRAY. A center rest for cigarettes, in the safety ash tray pictured above, prevents them from igniting matches or stubs, or dropping to the floor

NON-TIP BEVERAGE TRAY. The tray at the left makes it easy to carry glasses without tipping them over. Slots are provided for stems of wine and cocktail glasses, and circular places for highballs

6 comments
  1. Stannous says: March 31, 20088:18 am

    KITCHEN ROBOT. This electric servant washes and irons the clothes; washes and dries dishes; mixes drinks, whips cream, and beats eggs; chops meat, churns butter, and extracts fruit juices; polishes the silverware and sharpens cutlery. When not in use, it folds out of the way under the sink, as illustrated herewith

    yeah, right.

  2. Myles says: March 31, 20089:46 am

    As above it sounds like the Kitchen Robot may need a little assistance from the homemaker. So what is it? Sounds like it has a washing sink with a heater, and a motor which runs a blender with other attatchments such as a grinding wheel.

  3. Benzene says: March 31, 200811:19 am

    I think the Kitchen Robot is like a Swiss Army Washer. One motor, lots of belts and gears. This wouldn’t really be any more useful than having a separate blender, juicer, sharpener, iron, and washer unless all those things could be run at once. Of course, that’s assuming the kitchen was critically short on plug outlets. It looks like the side panels might open up as well as the top, probably revealing a blender, grinder, and probably a juicer and food processor. I have no idea how it would iron clothes or polish silver.

  4. Rick Auricchio says: March 31, 20081:06 pm

    Forget it…it doesn’t milk the cows or change the baby.

  5. Blurgle says: March 31, 20083:44 pm

    Most older kitchens were critically short of plug outlets – they often had one, above the baseboards where the kitchen table was supposed to sit. It was meant for the kitchen clock or maybe the radio. There simply were no kitchen counter appliances back then.

    But this machine looks like it would do a half-assed job of everything, and perhaps that’s why it never caught on.

    I covet that paper dispenser, though.

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