By the 2012 calendar, we're a few days premature for the observance of Good Health Week, which, in 1922, ran 23-30 October. Not to worry! Note how in those pre-Photoshop days a retouching artist had to paint 'steam' into the photo to illustrate the efficacy of the Ilgair ventilation fan. Despite the fairly obvious solution of opening one of the windows to clear the air, an electric fan offered a more modern approach. I'd be curious to learn if 90 years ago folks were as concerned with the loudness of the device as they are in today's decibel-conscious kitchens; no doubt that Ilgair had to pull a hefty CFM, given its installation.
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.