Grocer Builds “X-ray” to Sell Customers Flawless Spuds (Nov, 1932)
I’m not sure what potatoes cost in 1932, but it can’t have been enough to make this worthwhile.
Grocer Builds “X-ray” to Sell Customers Flawless Spuds
WHAT is more embarrassing to a housewife who boasts of her cooking than to have her mashed potatoes turn out black, or to have her guest slice into a
deliriouslydeliciously baked cobbler and find it with a black cavity?
Confronted with complaints from housewives on bad potatoes, an Ames, Iowa, groceryman rigged up a potato X-ray, or candling device to inspect choice potatoes before they go to the fastidious customer.
This groceryman’s invention, modeled after an egg candler, is a wooden box with two elliptical holes cut in the top. Light adequate to penetrate the spuds, and thus disclose the flaws, is furnished by a 1000 candle power lamp set in the bottom of the box.
Mirrors sloping outward from the light socket to the top of the box serve to increase the reflection. The potatoes must be examined in a darkened room.
Now when there is need for unblemished potatoes for the luncheon, banquet, or party, housewives of Ames, Iowa, go to the one grocer they know can be depended upon to furnish exactly what is wanted. If the customer wishes, she can do her own inspectingâ€”that’s a privilege which the grocer permits them in his store.