Today, on Friday the Thirteenth, people will sidestep ladders, hop cracks in the pavement, and handle mirrors with particular care, all to escape the bad luck that traditionally dogs this date. In 1896, as this ad not-so-subtly implies ['You cannot explode it!'], danger lurked in the kitchen. Below, a restored Insurance Stove seems a bit flimsy to me; while it might resist explosions, I'd be concerned about the appliance accidentally tipping over.
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.