12 September 2009

Hot Plates

It seems to me that this 1933 plate-warming compartment is superior to the contemporary drawer-style appliances we have today. Judging from the photograph, a full set of dishes could be kept toasty in the olde days; the modern equivalent holds significantly fewer platters.


  1. I really look forward to your HISTORY posts, they're not just plate-warming, they're also heartwarming. That image of the Bosch lady doing laundry with a car horn is permanently stuck in my mind. I can't fill the sink without thinking of her — that peculiar look she has. We would do everything differently, I suppose, if we could just see a teensy bit into the future. We would know the where to and what next of things. Unfortunately, History would become nothing more than a dull succession of mediocrities. No false starts, no brilliance ignored, only what comes next, and what comes after that. There was something in the guardian.co.uk today that asks Why do clothes from the 90s look so weird and old-fashioned? Well, the 90s had no idea what 2009 would be, so the 90s were all they could be — the 90s. Anyway, now that you've done Hot Plates, maybe your next Friday nostalgia piece could be Hot Pans.

  2. Hot Pans it shall be. I'm glad you enjoy this vein of posts.
    When looking for items to feature, I'm frequently struck by how challenging it is to achieve genuine innovation in product design, especially in the kitchen and bath realms. Having gotten the hang of the basics—heating, cooling, plumbing—it sometimes seems as if the incentive to take things to the next level of creativity is lacking [or, perhaps more accurately, it's being stifled].
    I do hope that somewhere an engineer is pursuing an idea that is at least as revolutionary as cleaning your clothes with a honking horn.


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