02 May 2014

Innovation Overkill

1938: A year when women were apparently weak and ranges were dangerous, complex, and, in the case of this model from Estate, bizarre. Certainly among the craziest features I've come across in the the annals of appliance history is the 'marvelous mechanical hand'. It's a cumbersome lever mounted on the side of the stove that slides out the baking racks when pulled. As with all such dubious devices, I find myself wondering what would happen if the lever broke or jammed....

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