23 April 2010

Dinner Time [Warp]

Dinner [and a tasty looking meal it is] is almost on the table. So why are Pop and the kids messing around outside in the rain? Some things haven't changed since 1959, I see.

But the Missus doesn't seem perturbed about her MIA family at all. She has her mind on other things—like snagging an extra baked potato for herself, maybe. I do hope she remembers to switch that pot holder to her right hand, which appears poised to pull the roast out of the oven. The impossibly spotless oven.

This 'Keyboard Range' was made in a size that by today's standards is an oddity: 40 inches. Although there was obviously room for them, adding two more burners to the appliance was an option never acted upon. Curious.


  1. Interesting observation. It is sometimes curious how so-called "standards" come into being. Great blog!

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  3. I'm not an electrician. I tried unsuccessfully to pull up facts in support of this notion. Maybe six 50s coils, an electric barbecue and an oven running at the same time would overload a standard circuit. Maybe it would reduce maximum coil temperature. It seems like more is better might have otherwise guaranteed six or eight burners otherwise. Just thinking out loud.

  4. Also, harping on an old theme, notice the relationship between dad and daughter in the background, and how the son looks up unsuc­cess­fully for acknowledg­ment. Mom gets the oven, or mom has an oven full, depending on your viewpoint, but dad makes the decisions. At least, dad likes to think so. As strange as it might seem, this ad is directed squarely at dad, though he's only an indistinct character in the background. Dad the decision maker. What dad does under the paternal umbrella is nobody's business. As long as he buys GE.

  5. Fast-forward to 2010, and beyond: There could come a time when Dad has no choice but to buy GE, at least on some level. It is interesting to observe GE's role in developing the energy-monitoring technology of the so-called SmartGrid. Given its position in both the energy industry and the appliance industry, its influence may be considerable. Heaven help us all if the company has been sitting on a secret reserve of yellow-enameled sheet metal.

    Thank you for your insights, Evan Jones.


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