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1950's Futuristic stove
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Post# 1092912   10/12/2020 at 05:27 (1,278 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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circular! just a prop for the film, or did some company ever sell this?


Post# 1092956 , Reply# 1   10/12/2020 at 16:19 (1,278 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

If I remember right. I think the round range was featured in their exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair. It seems it's in a museum somewhere, perhaps in Ohio. The film isn't from the 50's, but from around '39 or '40.

Post# 1093000 , Reply# 2   10/12/2020 at 20:41 (1,278 days old) by iej (.... )        

My grandmother had one of those peg boards for groceries !

Also had one of those wall mounted hand-turned grinder things.

Post# 1093023 , Reply# 3   10/13/2020 at 03:20 (1,277 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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How anyone could have labeled that clip "1950's) is beyond me...

Fashions, interior design, etc... all scream 1930's "modern design" streamline Art Deco era.

You see a Silex Coffeemaster automatic coffee maker. Westinghouse roaster...

Pyrex kitchenware as we know it was introduced in late 1930's through 1940's. Range top, oven, etc...

That slide across toaster would have been ancient history by 1950's when pop-up models were last word in modern kitchen appliances.

Post# 1093026 , Reply# 4   10/13/2020 at 05:22 (1,277 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The toaster was a Toast-O-Lator.

Post# 1093049 , Reply# 5   10/13/2020 at 10:17 (1,277 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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Thank heavens Us Bostonians are Fastidious!! My Bull Terriers wouldn't ever let that bowl sit closed for more than ten minutes- believe me! My mom had that same shopping list with pegs, lasted 10 years before all the pegs broke or were vacuumed up by the monstrous Kirby!  

Post# 1093056 , Reply# 6   10/13/2020 at 10:57 (1,277 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Timed pet feeders are still around. The stove is called island these days and the shopping list is called iPad. Nothing new under the sun. ;-)

Post# 1093058 , Reply# 7   10/13/2020 at 11:15 (1,277 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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are we "Bitter- Table for one"?? LOL

Post# 1093060 , Reply# 8   10/13/2020 at 11:24 (1,277 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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No John, not at all. I just watched it and recognized the modern versions of it. Especially the shopping list. That's how I do my shopping. I'm using the app from my supermarket on my iPad and then order groceries that are delivered the next day. Just a modern version of the shopping list!

Post# 1093063 , Reply# 9   10/13/2020 at 11:40 (1,277 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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Post# 1093070 , Reply# 10   10/13/2020 at 14:32 (1,277 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Here's a picture of my "shopping list" in on the kitchen counter.

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Post# 1093178 , Reply# 11   10/14/2020 at 14:45 (1,276 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

"Fashions, interior design, etc... all scream 1930's "modern design" streamline Art Deco era. "

Yeah, that alarm clock hit me right off as from the 30's. I kind of kept waiting for the 'new' things to be introduced. The stove knobs and coffee maker jumped out at me as from the 30's as well. The ice cube crusher was a new thing for me, though.

And that unending stream of horrible puns..............

There was no mention of the war at all so I'll add my vote for 1939.

That 30's Art Deco is is pretty much my overall favorite for design in general.....

Post# 1093186 , Reply# 12   10/14/2020 at 17:11 (1,276 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
On second look

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I think you are right, it is 1939 all the way. The clothes, the hair style, definitely the toaster. And the "GRILL" logo all 1930's.

Imagine the developments if there was no War.



Post# 1093188 , Reply# 13   10/14/2020 at 17:39 (1,276 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

"Imagine the developments if there was no War."

Lol! I was going to say that but I had an online gig to get ready for so I skipped it.

Yes, totally! It seems like there were a lot of technological improvements that were just getting off the ground or had been 'invented' and worked, but at that point were too large/expensive/labor intensive, etc. to become widespread.

Automatic transmissions
air conditioning
seat belts and safety in general
something with the braking system but I forget what exactly
power assist for steering and braking

Firstexperimental automatic washers and dryers
TV and color TV, FM radio, and appliances in general

The jet engine
Airship technology was developing nicely until Hitler killed it. The Hindenburg was designed to use helium, not hydrogen. IIRC records are 20,000+ feet and 100+ mph. Range? Trans-Atlantic flights were routine.
Autogyros & Helicopters

And that's off the top of my head!

Post# 1093190 , Reply# 14   10/14/2020 at 18:04 (1,276 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Pyrex Flameware was introduced before 1941 (1939, to be exact) because I have a couple of paper inserts that go in the percolator bowl that state if you own a new high speed electric range (1941) you must use a wire grid between the glass utensil and the electric heating element to prevent breakage. By high speed elements, they mean some variation on a sealed rod as opposed to nichrome wire wound in a channel in firebrick.

Post# 1093232 , Reply# 15   10/15/2020 at 07:46 (1,275 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Pyrex Flameware was introduced in 1939.

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Tom, according to my book on vintage Pyrexware, Pyrex Flameware was introduced in 1936 not 1939. PATRICK COFFEY

Post# 1093250 , Reply# 16   10/15/2020 at 11:07 (1,275 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I'm hoping Jeff M. (Jeb) will perhaps have some info about this range. Several years ago I saw a picture of it, and it seemed like the story mentioned it was Westinghouse. That would make sense, as it appears that the dishwasher and refrigerator in the movie are their products, as is the electric roaster. I'm thinking it mentioned the round range was in a museum in northern Ohio. I thought I remembered something about Wood County, but when I called them, they denied having such item in their collection.

I wish that the person who put this film on YouTube would have posted it in its entirety, with the opening and closing credits intact. As there was an AMC (American Movie Classics) logo present, they obviously had copied it from there. I think this film was part of a series put out by a major studio, and shown in theaters rather than a sponsored film loaned out to schools and organizations.

Post# 1093254 , Reply# 17   10/15/2020 at 11:33 (1,275 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Pre WW-2 Round Electric Range

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I don't know who built it, however the surface elements look to be Hotpoint Calrod, not something Westinghouse used at this time.


John L.

Post# 1093256 , Reply# 18   10/15/2020 at 11:46 (1,275 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thank you, Patrick. I committed a typographical error. It's like when I was at Costco and staring at my VISA card and handed the lady the Discover Card. I know they don't take Discover and I have the same Pyrex book you cited so I had the right info, I just had unruly fingers. I found the first shallow Flameware saucepan or 7"skillet at Frager's  along with its lock on handle decades ago. WOW!


I have the teakettle that's on the surface unit. First I found it at a sale somewhere with a very well used bowl then I found the brand new cherry bowl for the thing in a box in the basement of Frager's Hardware on Pennsylvania Ave, SW when, after buying some of their treasured (neglected) housewares, they offered me the pick of the basement which I boxed up and bought for about a penny on the dollar. Can you imagine, they had a brand new Mirro Matic Pressure cooker on two different shelves and a Sunbeam electric frying pan, both from the mid-1950s just sitting there in the dust. They needed the space and I was the only person who had been through there who knew what any of it was.

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