I'm in the home stretch of writing an article about refrigerators, and have been learning about things like linear compressors, cyclopentane and medium-temperature glycol. Heady stuff, yes? So I am especially appreciative of this 1931 advertisement that celebrates the science behind the humble [and might I add homely] fridge. The housewife and the lab technician drawing open the drapes of consumer ignorance to reveal the glorious Monitor Top, resplendent—and large—against a blazing backdrop that evokes nothing less than the Creation.
And now back to dual-capillary energy valves. Sigh.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.