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....
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.