New for the Home (Jan, 1951)

New for the Home

Springless Mattress, dreamed up by a Swedish inventor, is light, bouncy as innerspring types. It’s been tested for durability, is said to have orthopedic values. Secret is the core of air-filled plastic. Susquehanna Mills, N. Y. C.

Range-Refrigerator, all in one, is a dollar and space-saver for small apartments. This one features a four cubic-foot electric refrigerator, gas cooking top. All-electric models also are available. General Air Conditioning Corp., Los Angeles.

Damp-Champ Super takes the backache out of laundry days. The plastic bag holds two machine loads of wash, leaves hands free. For dampening clothes evenly, just add some water and seal bag. Humphrey-Callander, Clinton, Ill.

Orange Peeler does a neat job of undressing citrus fruit. First, you cut a groove around the center. Second, you reverse the plastic gadget and use the curved blade to work the peel loose, as shown. Dillon-Beck Mfg. Co., Hillside, N. J.

  1. Al Bear says: May 28, 20091:04 am

    The stove refrigerator is an interesting concept, if you don’t mind having an oven.

  2. kriemer says: May 28, 20096:32 am

    Just came back from a vacation in Japan. We visited several friends and noticed that most of them had a stove top with a small toaster oven underneath, but no oven. So this idea would not be an inconvienence at all.

    Their refrigerators were also different; divided into 4 compartments. At the push of a button up to 3 of the compartments could be used as either a refrigerator or freezer depending on the households needs (the 4th compartment was reserved as a freezer for ice making).

    My wife wanted to bring one home.


  3. Al says: May 28, 20097:05 am

    Re: Oven:

    One thing that was not uncommon was a stove-top oven – a folding metal box that parked over a burner. Temperature with one was regulated by dialing the burner up and down while watching the built-in thermometer.

    I have one I use when camping – I’ve turned out roasts, apple and pumpkin pies and biscuits with no problems whatsoever.

    In tight spaces that would work nicely, and could easily be folded away and stored when not in use.

    Re: mattress: Must have been like sleeping on a field of bosoms… 🙂


  4. fred says: May 28, 200912:58 pm

    “sleeping on a field of bosoms”…what a pleasant thought …yeah

  5. Eli says: May 28, 20097:21 pm

    If that laundry bag holds two full machine loads of laundry, they must have really had small washing machines then. It’d barely have room for one load from my modern machine.

  6. Nomen Nescio says: May 28, 20098:10 pm

    spring-loaded bedding seem to be an American thing these days, one of those odd archaisms that live on in the USA for some reason. in the part of Scandinavia where i grew up, folks sleep on foam mattresses or water beds — sometimes air beds, but that was a bit of a fad — laid on top of plywood frames.

    American-style bedding might be a slight bit more comfortable, when it’s working just right. when none of the springs have come loose and nothing’s worn out or broken, that is. but it’s also (IMHO) bulkier, heavier, noisier and less durable.

  7. carlm says: May 29, 20093:45 am

    The big seller today is the sleep number bed. It really is similar to the above bed. You can change how much the air bladder is inflated. I guess you can set your “Field of Bosoms” sleep number to 42D

  8. Jari says: May 29, 200912:55 pm

    I just wonder how well that bladder mattress breathe… wait… that doesn’t sound quite right after the “field of bosoms” comments… 🙂

    Nomen, sounds like you grew up over here at late eighties. I’m from Finland and I’d say it’s more than a half are springs and the rest are foam these days, when looking from ads. Water beds are long gone, they were a kind of fun 🙂

  9. Ciellä says: June 18, 200912:12 am

    Vittu…water mattresses…those hurt your back ;)!

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