Household Inventions Lighten the Tasks of the Homemaker (Nov, 1935)

Yay! It’s a spork.

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Household Inventions Lighten the Tasks of the Homemaker

LAMP SHADE TURNS UP OR DOWN
This new-type floor lamp has a shade which can be tilted up toward the ceiling for indirect illumination or down for close work. A mercury-capsule switch automatically turns on a 150-watt bulb when the shade is turned up; an ordinary switch controls the smaller bulb for close work

SPOON AND FORK COMBINED
The new piece of cutlery illustrated at the left is a cross between a spoon and a fork. It is recommended for eating gravies, stews, peas, desserts, and many other foods. It can be used with a knife, like any fork

NEW DOOR SAFETY LOCK IS INCONSPICUOUS
Installed at the bottom of the door, this safety lock is out of the way when not in use. As shown above, a metal arm pivoted on the floor engages a catch attached to the lower edge of the door. A flick of the toe swings the metal arm to one side when its protection is not desired

KEEPS FOOD AND BEVERAGES WARM
A wax candle, burning inside the glass bowl, supplies the heat for the beverage warmer illustrated below. A glass cup holds the candle and catches the drippings. Air holes in the bottom of the bowl, and vents in the chromium-finished lid, provide a draft. The unit is designed for use on the dining table

KINDLING COMES IN CONCENTRATED FORM
A stick of the concentrated kindling shown at the left will burn with an intense heat for ten or fifteen minutes, without fumes, and is sufficient to kindle any fire of coal, wood, or briquettes. The sticks are neither explosive nor poisonous

CLOTHESPINS OF METAL
So light that five dozen of them weigh only seventeen ounces, these metal clothespins can be carried conveniently on a hanger as shown above. They are made of tempered spring steel and resist stain and corrosion

HANDY IRONING TABLE
A single motion with one hand is all that is needed to open the ironing table pictured above. When set up, it stands on three rubber-tipped legs with ample space between for stowing a large clothes basket. It folds very compactly

DUSTPAN HAS STORAGE CHAMBER. This dustpan contains a little chamber in which dust can be stored as it is collected. It is emptied by pulling the chain seen in the picture above

FLEXIBLE MOLDING FOR OUTLET WIRES
Additional electric outlets can be provided anywhere by the use of a decorative rubber molding which carries the wires. It is easily installed, being cemented to the walls without marring woodwork or breaking plaster

NICKEL-IRON SKILLET
A new stain-resistant cast iron containing nickel is introduced to the household in the form of a shiny skillet which is said to combine good appearance with best cooking qualities

A LOOM FOR THE HOME
Interesting and beautiful fabrics can be produced in the home with the simplified loom shown at the left. It clamps to any table. A single needle handles two different colors

ELECTRIC TEAKETTLE
A ring-shaped, immersion-type heating element in the kettle at the left heats two pints of water to boiling in less than six minutes. It is filled through the spout, which is opened by pressing a trigger in the handle. The kettle whistles when the water boils

RESTORES CHIPPED ENAMEL
Chipped surfaces of enamel and porcelain can be repaired with a new cement which resembles sealing wax. The surface is cleaned and warmed, and the cement applied with a warm knife to form a glaze

ICE-CUBE FREEZER
For making ice cubes in homes not furnished with electric refrigerators, this simple freezer has been developed. A hand pump supplies the pressure, and cubes form in the flask-shaped container

3 comments
  1. Jeffery Wright says: October 19, 20076:31 am

    Spork!

  2. KHarn says: March 9, 200810:22 am

    I wish someone would re-market that hand operated ice maker again! (It appiers in an 1890s ad, too)

  3. R. Govender says: May 1, 20094:52 pm

    The inventions listed are good, but where could one buy these products

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