Housekeeping Made Easier With These New Devices (Apr, 1933)

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Housekeeping Made Easier With These New Devices

Shuttered lamp shade
Shuttered sides and bottom of new lampshade permit adjustment for any degree of light.

Ginger ale Dispenser
Handy dispenser punches hole in bottle cap, utilizing gas pressure to deliver ginger ale. Turning bottle to left starts flow of liquid, turning to right closes the valve tightly again.

Electric lunch cooker
Breakfasts, lunches are prepared quickly by placing this electric cooker over dish in which edibles are contained, as demonstrated.

Kitchen shower brush
Dish washing brush has a soap receptacle in handle through which water is forced. Rich suds are sprayed out of bristles to cut grease.

Electric Iron switch
New electric iron has button switch in forward part of handle, within easy reach.

Jar Opener
Mere twist of the jar unscrews cap when it is wedged into jaws of this new opener. Fastens onto wall with two screws and is adjustable to take any size lid. Device is also convenient to put lids on tightly.

Rack to burn Magazines
Conserve coal by burning old magazines, which last for 25 minutes when suspended from wires on grate rack as shown.

Rubber Dishes
Unbreakable rubber dishes and utensils are being made from “Plioform,” a rubber base product. Resists hot water, will not scratch.

Revolving Wall Cabinet
Secured to door or wall, new type cabinet swings around completely out of the way to solve problem of limited storage space.

9 comments
  1. /\/\ike says: September 15, 20111:42 pm

    But…but… If everybody had burned their old magazines instead of coal, we wouldn’t have anything so interesting to scan and blog…

  2. Hirudinea says: September 15, 20113:06 pm

    @ /\/\ike – Yea, newspapers are better, sometimes I want to burn them even before I read them!

  3. Jari says: September 15, 20113:52 pm

    These days magazines paper have so much clay and other fillers, that they don’t burn well and leave huge amounts of ash. Other than that, I think that that jar lid opener is the only thing, that was somewhat successfull.

  4. Sean says: September 16, 20115:25 am

    Whoah! 1930′s kamikazes on the cover.

    Phone books are an endless and renewable resource. When one is finished, more just seem to show up!

    I wonder if I can find that jar opener. My wife would love it.

    Does eating what appears to be ham off of the same plate where you just cooked it seem a little unsanitary to anyone else?

  5. DrewE says: September 16, 20117:58 am

    @Sean — why would it be unsanitary? Assuming the ham gets cooked through (killing all the nasty germs), the surface of the plate would also be heated. If you turned the meat in the middle of cooking, I suppose there could be a bit more of a chance for contamination

    More than likely, this would be handier for reheating leftovers and toasting sandwiches and such. Imagine the fun of trying to clean broiled-on meat drippings from your china! Even the kitchen shower brush would be of little help then.

    Similar jar openers are available — such as this model:
    http://www.amazon.com/Z…

  6. Casandro says: September 16, 20111:29 pm

    The shuttered lamp must have been a bad idea even back then. It would have been much more efficient to have 2 lamps inside and switch them from off to both in series, then one, the other and both in parallel. That way you can have many steps of brightness without wasting any additonal power.

  7. Toronto says: September 16, 20112:24 pm

    Cas: 3-way bulbs have been out for some time, but they were usually 50/100/150 watts, so fairly bright.

  8. Charlene says: September 19, 20117:54 pm

    @DrewE -I agree with you about the mess the cooker would create, but the real mess would be when the plate shattered. One-sided high heat will break many types of dinnerware.

    Also, isn’t that steak about 1/16th of an inch thick?

  9. Adzmir says: September 20, 20117:41 pm

    somehow i think rubber dishes is not such a good idea.

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