11 March 2011

It's Automatic!

Through the magic of motion pictures, we drop in on two 1955 households: one saddled with an old-fashioned kitchen, the other boasting a thoroughly modern design. The latter room—which, we're informed, won an award from 'The Woman's Home Companion' magazine—is filled with such wonders as a refrigerator that produces 'continuous ice circles', an indoor incinerator and a laundry machine that dries clothes 'in any kind of weather.' In the above still, a doubting Darren McGavin is introduced to the automatic flour dispenser [A device which seems to me a bit of a holdover from the bad old days, but let's not nit-pick.]. So make yourself a bag of microwave popcorn and enjoy today's feature film in all its not-quite-Technicolor glory.

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