Ten Inventions that Make Housekeeping Easy (May, 1931)

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Ten Inventions that Make Housekeeping Easy

One of the leading electrical refrigerator companies has recently developed a rubber ice cube tray in which the water is self leveling. Heretofore the trays used for this purpose have had to be leveled separately.

An electric tie presser for home use is designed to operate from any light socket. The metal form is inserted into the tie, as shown above, and then the device is closed for a few minutes.

This iron stand makes your electric iron cordless. The adapter can be adjusted to any iron and the terminals may be raised or lowered. The device eliminates any dangling cords as shown.

This attractive, modernistic extractor gives you the pure juice without pulp or seeds.

A reversible open jaw curtain bracket for spring rollers which does away with cotter pins.

Here is a spray gun, operated by a vacuum cleaner, for spreading moth preventive on furniture and clothing. The liquid is good for five years unless articles are washed in soap and water.

The toaster shown above produces no crumbs and cannot be tipped over. It will toast bread of any thickness on both sides in thirty to forty seconds.

This ingenious machine mixes color into oleomargarine, beats eggs and fudge and mashes potatoes, besides having a dozen other uses.

A very useful chair for keeping the trousers pressed. It is heated electrically from a light socket.

This handy bathroom rack is made of metal and can be adjusted to fit into any medicine cabinet.

10 comments
  1. Penny @ Patent Plaques says: October 17, 20118:46 am

    To think a mere 80 years ago juicers and tie presses were among the “biggest convenience inventions” of our time. And, today we have robot vacuums & phone apps that let us turn our lights on and off ..but yet some of us still struggle to cook a decent piece of toast :-P

    Vintage finds like this are my favorite thing about invention history. Thanks for sharing!

  2. M.S.W. says: October 17, 20119:08 am

    The guy looking at the chair seems to have validated his chair phobia.
    Next years model the chair says ” Feed me Seymour FEED ME!!”
    The lady appears to be going through her sales patter “Not only can you press your pants this also makes for a great Panini Maker too!!”

  3. Devak says: October 17, 20112:28 pm

    I need a set of four of those chairs that press your pants. I sure hope my dinner guests understand and that they don’t drip any gravy on my trousers. Life is so wonderful with these new inventions.

  4. Don F says: October 17, 20117:03 pm

    I remember mixing color into oleomargarine, breaking the little capsule first and then kneading until the color was spread thoughout. That was in MN, and when my folks visited Iowa, they would bring back oleomargarine in quarters, already colored to look like butter . . . .

  5. Don F says: October 17, 20117:14 pm

    http://gogd.tjs-labs.co… is what it looked like….

  6. TomLR says: October 17, 20117:49 pm

    The toothpaste rack is what amazes me. In our 1950s household there was only one tube of toothpaste at a time. And we kids didn’t get to pick. Once in a while I could get them to buy Ipana. Usually we had Crest or Pepsodent. Unless the tube that seems to have “-odent” on it is Pepsodent, I don’t recognize a single brand name in that 1931 photo!

  7. Toronto says: October 18, 20112:01 pm

    TomLR- even worse, the brand name appears to be “No. 2.”

  8. hwertz says: October 19, 20111:07 pm

    OK, so margarine was not allowed to be sold colored to resemble butter in a lot of states, due essentially to laws pushed through by the dairy lobby. But, why did they bother including a color packet? I’m just saying, if I were smearing something onto bread, or cooking with it, it really doesn’t matter to me what it looks like. Did the oleo back then look that unappetizing without yellow dye?

  9. Devak says: October 19, 20113:39 pm

    without the red dye, the margarine was as white as a piece of lard. The silly dairy industry thought that colored margarine would fool the gullible public into thinking it was butter. The margarine boys sold their stuff uncolored so that there would be no question that it was not butter. In CA you could not even sell coffee- milk drinks until around 1990s. I’m from CA and the first coffee-milk drinks I ever saw were in Australia in 1989.

  10. Tom Stiff says: November 7, 201110:35 am

    tubes on the bathroom rack: from L-to-R

    tube 1 – unknown

    tube 2 – Iodent toothpaste [ see http://gogd.tjs-labs.co… ]

    tube 3 – unknown

    tube 4 – Pebeco toothpaste [ see http://gogd.tjs-labs.co… ]

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