It is not only quiet now .. but will remain quiet always (Mar, 1930)

It is not only quiet now .. but will remain quiet always

because all the machinery is sealed up tight, hermetically sealed . . . and permanently oiled

What a lot of claims you hear these days about quiet refrigerators ! Almost any good refrigerator is quiet—when it is new. But how are you going to pick the one that will remain quiet?

Step into a General Electric showroom, and your question will be answered forever. There you will see how quietly a General Electric Refrigerator may be expected to run in your own home—not merely for a week or two, but always.

On top of each General Electric Refrigerator you will see a round steel casing scarcely bigger than a hat box. Within that casing there is sealed the entire mechanism that will operate the General Electric Refrigerator for years—quietly, economically, dependably— without a thought or worry.

And sealed up with it is a permanent oil supply, which assures you of that same smooth quietness, that faultless operation, that utterly dependable service always. Dirt, that causes wear and noise, is shut outside forever. Moisture, rust—the beginnings of breakdowns and repairs—can never get within. General Electric mechanism is sealed up tight—hermetically sealed—not only against noise, but against trouble and expense.

For descriptive booklet, and our easy terms, write Section R-3, Electric Refrigeration Department, General Electric Company, Hanna Building, Cleveland, Ohio.



  1. Stephen says: September 30, 201110:24 am

    Didn’t these things use sulphur dioxide as the coolant?

  2. Hirudinea says: September 30, 20111:01 pm

    Fridges looked cool back then, small but cool.

    @ Stephen – I thought they used Ammonia.

  3. Mitch says: September 30, 20112:09 pm

    That headline sounds creepy. Tagline for a horror flick. Pretty sure there are bodies in that fridge.

  4. DrewE says: September 30, 20112:21 pm

    These (the famous “monitor-top refrigerators”) used sulphur dioxide or methyl formate for refrigerants.

    The advertising copy is perhaps only slightly overstating the reliability of these refrigerators; it’s not at all unheard of to find ones that are still operating with little or no repair work over their life.

  5. George says: September 30, 20115:06 pm

    No more monitor tops, now it’s built into the door.

  6. John says: October 1, 201110:00 am

    The Monitor Top refrigerators were given the nickname because of the top-mounted compressor unit’s resemblance to the gun turret on the Civil War-era iron clad warship, the “Monitor.” The refrigerators were first introduced to the public about 1927. Earlier electric refrigerators’ compressors were driven by a shaft and pulley arrangement with an external electric motor. The shaft seals of these compressors were prone to leak refrigerant profusely after some wear, a cause for health concerns and repair issues. The hermetically sealed Scotch Yoke compressor unit was a huge improvement. These refrigerators are made into two sections. The refrigeration unit on top lifts up and out of the box itself, with the evaporator/freezer attached to its’ bottom, a very cumbersome unit to support properly on its own. Monitor Tops are heavy as all get-out. My 1935 model uses sulphur dioxide as the refrigerant.

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