New Devices Lighten Work of Housewives (Oct, 1931)

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New Devices Lighten Work of Housewives

Science has invaded the home, much to the housewife’s benefit. Here are seven new inventions that greatly reduce the labor of household tasks, leaving more time for leisure.

This compact container holds a pint of auto polish in top, polish cloths in bottom.

The steam radiator has now gone electric. Heater element, incased by radiator, is connected to wall outlet and warms up room in few minutes.

A very useful article for the modern kitchen is now available in the form of scales that tell the busy housewife the number of cups full of butter, flour, sugar, milk or water there are in a pound. It is only necessary to place a quantity of butter on the scales and weigh it. The result in pounds or fractions of a pound can be read in cups or half cups on the scale, which is provided with a knob, permitting it to be rotated. As each ingredient is weighed, the dial is adjusted so as to start at zero.

The “Nifty Sifter,” which prevents lumping of ingredients in mixing dishes. Pressure on handle opens and shuts squeezers.

The capacity of clothes closets is greatly increased with new garment hanger shown above. It is made from attractively finished steel tubing and provided with points that grip into the molding so that no screws or nails are required for installation. The hanger rests on the top of the coat hook rail, and the tube ends hold moth balls or crystals. Insert shows close-up of one end.

Top photo shows the new “Moto-Iron” which handles all types of ironing from flat work to the most exacting hand work, greatly reducing time and effort required of the housewife. Operation is entirely automatic. The ironing pad is vibrated by a small electric motor which pats out the wrinkles in the fabric, leaving a new fluffy finish, even on most delicate cloth. Below—Coffee is measured automatically and unerringly with this container. Tilt it once and it measures coffee for one cup, twice for two cups, etc.

  1. Kosher Ham says: February 3, 201212:40 pm

    They still sell electric “steam” radiators; they are oil filled.

  2. Hirudinea says: February 3, 20123:07 pm

    I want one of those scales. (Yea, I bake, so what of it!)

  3. Toronto says: February 3, 20123:50 pm

    You can get measuring cups that have scales for weights of various ingredients – very useful. They typically list flour and sugar at a bare minimum.

    This one lists Rolled oats, bread crumbs, dry coconut, corn flour, cocoa, ground almonds, shredded suet, sugar, rice, haricots (white beans), lentils, barley, peas, sultanas, tapioca, ground rice, currants, semolina, raisins, custard powder, flour, milk powder and icing sugar.…

    If you turn to the last page, it might even add “and especially RABBITS!” (if you’re a Warner fan.)

  4. Charlene says: February 3, 20124:52 pm

    How does an electric radiator ease the work of a housewife?

    That iron looks like a good idea for small items like collars and cuffs, but I can’t see how useful it would have been in this time period: families with lots of delicate items to iron would have used a laundry service. It really wouldn’t be efficient for larger items.

  5. Stephen says: February 4, 20126:23 am

    @Charlene: An electric radiator doesn’t need to be scrubbed, have its ashes riddled, leave a layer of smoky dust on everything, or be fed with coal several times a day. We had a coal fire in my childhood (the 1970s) and when it was taken out and replaced by a gas-fire my mother immediately noticed how much less dirt there was in the house.

  6. Kosher Ham says: February 4, 201212:22 pm

    I don’t see any other beasts on the list such as ducks, chickens, stoats, etc.

  7. Nomen Nescio says: February 6, 201211:04 am

    …people used to build coat closets without tube rails for hangers?! what sense did that ever make?

  8. Jari says: February 6, 201211:51 am

    Nomen: When that house was built before the invention of hangers?


  9. Nomen Nescio says: February 6, 201211:56 am

    well i’ll be dipped in… something smelly. here i honestly thought clotheshangers were about as old as clothes, or at least houses. as late as the 1850’s? color me amazed.

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