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Household Inventions Lighten the Tasks of the Homemaker (Nov, 1935)

Yay! It’s a spork.

Household Inventions Lighten the Tasks of the Homemaker

LAMP SHADE TURNS UP OR DOWN
This new-type floor lamp has a shade which can be tilted up toward the ceiling for indirect illumination or down for close work. A mercury-capsule switch automatically turns on a 150-watt bulb when the shade is turned up; an ordinary switch controls the smaller bulb for close work

SPOON AND FORK COMBINED
The new piece of cutlery illustrated at the left is a cross between a spoon and a fork. It is recommended for eating gravies, stews, peas, desserts, and many other foods. It can be used with a knife, like any fork

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New Kitchen Built to Fit Your Wife (Sep, 1953)

New Kitchen Built to Fit Your Wife

Tall, short or medium-sized, she’s bound to save energy in this kitchen.

By Gardner Soule

BUILD the cabinets to fit the woman. Build the shelves to fit the supplies.

Build the kitchen to fit the family.

Starting with these three principles, Cornell University has re-engineered the most-used room in the house.

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Handy Aids for the HOMEMAKER (Jul, 1936)

Handy Aids for the HOMEMAKER

CUBE STARCH IS EASILY MEASURED
Made in the form of cubes about the size of a lump of sugar, a new starch makes it easy to secure uniformity of stiffness in starching laundry. The starch is packed in one-pound boxes, each of which contains eighty cubes

RACK FOR RAZOR HAS BLADE DRIER
When a safety-razor blade is placed in the drying unit of this novel bathroom fixture, and the lid is pressed down, two built-in absorbent pads dry the blade instantly

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Handy Aids for the Homemaker (May, 1936)

I would love to see an infomercial for the 3-in-1 Iron/Stovetop/Curling Iron. What do you think it would be called?

Handy Aids for the Homemaker

MOTH-KILLER GAUGE
A container now supplied with a moth-killing compound is fitted with a moving indicator to show how much of the chemical it contains at any time. When the supply runs low, it can be renewed easily

BAGS FOR VEGETABLES
For large heads of cabbage or lettuce, which cannot be put in the average refrigerator receptacle, rubber-fabric bags are now available. They close snugly with snap fasteners

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Handy Helps for the Homemaker (Apr, 1940)

The chick wearing the gloves is going to give me nightmares.

Handy Helps for the Homemaker

“HOT SEAT” FOR HOT DOGS
Frankfurters are electrocuted in the novel cooker illustrated above. Current flowing between forks cooks them

ELECTRIC BEAUTY CABINET
Electric appliances included in this boudoir cabinet are a hair curler, water heater, iron, drier, vibrator, clipper, razor, and radio

DEEP-FAT FRYING is made safe and pleasant by the pan below. It has an inner metal ring to prevent fat from boiling over, and a thermometer (left) that fits its edge

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Thirteen New Aids Designed for the Busy Housewife (Dec, 1930)

Thirteen New Aids Designed for the Busy Housewife

SOAP IN STEEL WOOL. In order to protect the user’s hands and expedite cleaning, a holder for steel wool has been developed which makes it unnecessary to handle the wool, which is impregnated with soap.

BURN YOUR RUBBISH. Food wastage and scraps from cooking are quickly disposed of in a kitchen incinerator, right, that can be installed under any gas range. It connects with stovepipe so all odors escape, has a pilot light for burners, and a convenient control handle.

HANGER FOR STOCKINGS. Dresser drawers are not cumbered with stockings if a converted coat hanger is used to hold them straight and convenient in your closet. It has metal clips that will also hold drying gloves.

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What’s New For Your Home (Aug, 1954)

What’s New For Your Home

1. CONTOUR-BED MECHANISM is available in sizes to fit all standard beds. Two 1/4-horsepower motors raise or lower the head or foot to the desired position. Toggle switches within reach of a bedfast person operate the mechanism. Special mattresses, either foam rubber or innerspring, are available for the bed

2. WEATHER STRIPPING for casement windows is a metal strip that just slips into place over the frame of the window without screws or nails. One form of the stripping is applied to the head and lock side, another to the hinge side and sill. There’s a packaged set for standard windows or you can buy any length

3. “SNOW-ICE” sealed inside a plastic bag is frozen in your refrigerator or home freezer, then used to keep perishables fresh and cold during picnics and other outings. The material can be refrozen as many times as desired. You also can use it to keep foods cold while defrosting a refrigerator or home freezer

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Inventions New and Interesting (Nov, 1928)

Inventions New and Interesting

LAWN RAKE
This new fan-shaped rake has prongs of tempered, flexible steel that are rigid enough for raking and springy enough for sweeping. Grass is not torn up from the lawn and leaves do not clog the steel prongs.—Master Mfg. Co., 138 Davis Ave., Dayton, Ohio

ICELESS WATER COOLER
One of a number of styles of cabinets, utilizing Frigidaire, which have been designed to cool bottled water in offices and factories. The compact cooling unit is in the lower part of the cabinet.—The Charles E. Hires Co., 206 South 24th St., Philadelphia, Penna.

SINGLE SHOT BLASTER
For use in mining or single shot blasting. Forcing the plug into the unit which looks like a flashlight, fires the shot. It contains three flashlight unit cells.—National Carbon Co., Inc., New York and Saw Francisco

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Ice Finger, SPINNING COFFEE POT Make HOME TASKS More PLEASANT (Jan, 1935)

Ice Finger, SPINNING COFFEE POT Make HOME TASKS More PLEASANT

PIE PLATE RIM, easily snapped in place, prevents juices from running over edge into oven, allows baking of extra-thick pastries.

DRAWER OVEN for electric range works like filing cabinet, eliminating stooping to inspect baking. Compartment slides out on roller bearings, rear panel keeping heat in oven if drawer is out.

ICE MASSAGE finger closes pores of skin, stimulates circulation same as piece of ice does, without annoying drip of water. Metal tube is filled with refrigerant solution, and cooled by storing in icebox just before using.

SPINNING COFFEE POT whirls hot water through ground coffee at high velocity, making coffee from hot water in from 1 to 4 minutes, depending upon
flavor and strength preferred.

HEAT BOUNCER in form of thin aluminum sheet slips back of radiator, throws heat out into room by reflection from foil.

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