Household Aids (Jun, 1930)

A half slice toaster? Couldn’t you just cut a piece of bread in half and use a regular toaster?

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Inventions to Save You Time and Work Want only half a slice of toast? This tiny electric toaster is designed to give you exactly that. It uses only 150 watts and is adequate for the tea table or an individual breakfast.

With a foot on the loop in the handle, this pail is held steady while dry or oiled mop is cleared of dust by turning against blades.

There is no sticking with this doughnut cutter, as a spring pushes the cake out when pressure is released. Biscuits or cookies can also be cut with it by removing the hole cutter and spring. At right is the container in which the device comes. It is fitted with a top and makes a perfect contrivance to sift sugar over the newly cut dough.

Full freshness is preserved in the sandwiches and vegetables that are put in this moist air compartment for refrigerators. With this it is said that both dry and moist cold can be used in the same ice box. It is especially recommended for celery, tomatoes, and watercress, to which it is said to add decided crispness.

When the bird on top of this coffeepot sings, the coffee is done. If the whistle blows, it’s a danger signal. Each is operated by steam in the pot. The walls of this utensil are built on the vacuum bottle principle and it is claimed that they will keep the coffee hot for more than an hour after the heat is turned off.

Flimsy materials are meant to be washed with this device and escape injury. Air is admitted at the top of the plunger and is forced through the fabric as the handle is moved up and down. This is said to result in a thorough cleaning. In use, the plunger is below water.

This zipper bag on the vacuum cleaner makes the task of emptying the dirt simple and easy. There are no hooks to unfasten; the clasp slides open and the dirt is emptied into a convenient pan. Then the cleaner is run for just a moment until the last particle of dust is blown out and it is then all ready for use again.

An interlocking device for screen and window is said to solve the problem of screening the casement window. Both the screen and the window swing out at a touch of the handle and the curtains are thus left undisturbed.

Cleaning a window or an automobile windshield is made easy with this little tool. The blade is faced with soft rubber, which takes up the water and leaves the glass practically dry. It is light and effective in operation and when not in use it occupies little space, and can be kept on a convenient shelf in the kitchen or garage.

These seats and table swing out of this handy combination cabinet and at such times it provides a very convenient breakfast nook with plenty of room for two.

Prongs on the sides of this dish drainer are designed to hold glasses so that they drain perfectly and at the same time are protected against chipping. It has a compartment for silver that swings out of the way of the china, thus reducing the possibility of breakage in handling.

Tramps and unwelcome intruders are effectively barred by this grilled panel, which not only affords real protection but also serves as a ventilator. It is used either on the front or kitchen door. When the inner panel of this safety door is swung open the caller can be seen and spoken to without giving him an opportunity to effect an entrance into the house by force. Thus women alone in the home need have no timidity about answering calls.

When this cabinet, which opens to form the breakfast nook as seen in the center photo, is closed, it forms this handy kitchen worktable in which there are also shelves for the pots and pans. Forming as it does two pieces of furniture in one, it should prove desirable in a small apartment or in homes that have an alcove breakfast room.

  1. Bob says: February 17, 20082:45 pm

    A full size toaster would use more power, still how practical would this be. Never have seen anything similar in an antique store.

    I am much more intrigued by the mention of an oiled dust mop. I did Google it, seems to be very good for dust removal. A link to a company selling them

  2. Vozpit says: February 20, 200812:13 pm

    Who really eats a half a slice of toast?

    “Tramps and unwelcome visitors….”
    Does that mean tramps are sometimes welcome?

  3. Shaydie says: April 16, 20085:31 pm

    Just how much trouble were “tramps” showing up at your front door back then?

  4. NiChrome says: June 9, 20099:47 am

    I’m kinda late to the comments here, but the little toaster was also sold as a toy for kids to make toast. Check out this ad from 1929:…

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