New Devices for Home Makers (May, 1929)

I don’t think there is anything particularly novel about that can opener. I do really like the clothes dryer though, because it’s so unimaginative. Rather than look for a new way to solve the problem of drying clothes, they just electrified the old method. It’s like developing an internal combustion engine and using the sound to scare your horses into running faster. (Couldn’t get my self to make an electric buggy-whip comparison).

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New Devices for Home Makers

Within a handsome table that stands unobtrusively against the wall is concealed a comfortable bed—the latest in space-saving furniture. If an unexpected guest arrives it is opened in a jiffy.

This novel can opener with curved blade walks around” a can’s edge of its own accord, it is said, when the handle is gently rocked back and forth. A hook on the utensil serves as a bottle opener.

The table-bed opened. A reassuring safeguard for those afraid of being pinned in folding beds is the fact that the table top, backed against the wall, cannot close with the sleeper inside. Both single and double size beds are available.

Hedge trimming is made easy with this speedy electric clipper which operates at the end of a hundred-foot cord from any light socket. The cutting knife rotates at 5,000 revolutions a minute, and is said to leave a smooth surface difficult to attain by hand. Since it weighs only five pounds, a woman can operate it easily.

Snip—and off goes the top of the boiled egg. Squeezing the handles on either side of this ingenious egg cutter rotates a series of sharp steel teeth, seen in the upper picture. These slice the shell cleanly and decapitate the egg while it rests in the cup. The Paris restaurateur who invented the device claims that it not only makes the soft-boiled egg look more appetizing, but prevents getting bits of broken shell in the egg and spoiling the breakfast.

How many inches long? How many feet? You’ll never want for an answer, with this handy measuring kit in the house. Hanging against the wall from a hook, it has a series of pockets containing tape measure, foot ruler, and folding yardstick. It is enameled with a bright decorative pattern.

Windows can be locked in any position with this device, clamped to the top of the lower sash. Its “business end” is a rubber cap held against upper pane by a spring. Trying to move either sash jams the rubber tightly against the glass and wedges the window fast.

Six little bottles in this handy set contain all the ingredients for removing common spots from clothing. One liquid takes out grass and fruit stains; another, tar; a third, rust and ink spots; and a fourth, grease. Paint and scorch are removed by the two other solutions.

Electricity now dries the laundry, making the housewife independent of the weather. Adjustable, removable rods in this drying cabinet give a total hanging space of more than thirty feet. It can act as a plate warmer, too.

A dishwasher built into the faucet is one of the latest inventions for lightening the labor of cleaning dinner plates and saucers. A touch of the lever at the center of the faucet diverts water through the upper swinging arm, whence it issues from a nozzle in a powerful spray. Pressing a button on the side of a soap chamber immediately releases a measured quantity of soap powder to aid in the washing.

This new lightweight polishing machine has twin brushes of soft hair to produce a shell-like luster. All metal parts are recessed; the machine can operate right up to the baseboard and around table legs.

Designed especially for forwarding soiled clothes through the mail, a stout little case of fiber board affords an ideal way of sending laundry home. Its light weight assures a low postage rate, while in the corner is a holder in which you may insert an address card.

An unusually attractive lighting arrangement for the dining table, sideboard, or console combines three electric lamps of the candlestick type with a flower holder as the base. The lamps, with their delicately pleated shades, are obtainable in different colors.

3 comments
  1. Toronto says: June 12, 201212:37 pm

    I love my egg topper – I even use it on hard boiled eggs if I don’t care about the end being lopped off.

  2. Stephen Edwards says: June 12, 20128:29 pm

    “Designed especially for forwarding soiled clothes through the mail”

    I don’t often have a need for this. Is this for college students who need their mothers to do their laundry?

  3. Stephen says: June 13, 20124:32 am

    There were ancient electric clothes dryers like that at one of my schools. They were used for drying clothes used to wipe up the mess in cookery classes. One of them caught fire one day, and the entire building had to be evacuated, to our great delight.

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