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Home Appliances From The 1920's.

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Household Appliances - 1920's Refrigerator Snow and ice, cool streams, springs, caves and cellars were long ago used to refrigerate food. Meat and fish were preserved in warm weather by salting or smoking. Servants collected ice in the winter and put it into ice houses, where the sheets of ice were packed in salt, wrapped in strips of flannel, and stored underground to keep them frozen until summer.

In the 1920's, consumers were introduced to freezers when the first electric refrigerators with ice cube compartments came on the market. Mass production of modern refrigerators didn't get started until after World War II. Today, the refrigerator is America's most used appliance, found in more than 99.5% of American homes. When these refrigerators and freezers were invented they became easier to use then the cellars they created and built in the ground because some winters weren’t as cold creating some food to go bad and rot. In the 1920's, gas was available to most households. So most of the population replaced a cast iron stove to a gas stove.
• stoves that burned wood or coal sometimes caused fires, and a gas stove has less open flame
• natural gas didn’t produce a smoke that was toxic
• with the new ease of cooking, food could be prepared as needed and not cook in bulk that would result in going bad
• Gas stoves were set on legs and took up less space
• easy to clean underneath
• thought to be virtually indestructible
• separate heating and cooking functions Doing the laundry always was the housekeeper’s biggest problem because of all the effort that women had to do to wash their clothes.
The first washing machines were manual and they imitated the human movement on the washboard.
When the first washer arrived in Canada it worked exactly the same as the manual machine but with a motor that replaced the operator’s arm. The machines still needed the human effort to fill and drain.
The first company to produce an agitator washing machine was a company in Ontario called Beatty Brothers of Fergus.
The washing machines were being made every year more sophisticated, and making the housewives lives easier. Now what was known as a nightmare wasn’t that bad anymore.

The dishwasher was a new invention in the household appliances history. The first model was created in 1850, it seemed like a really good idea except that it did not work. Finally in 1886, a rich woman called Josephine Cochrane invented one that worked. She had lots of parties and wanted to wash her dishes faster. Soon, her friends liked her fabulous homemade dishwater and asked for one themselves. The production began . The general public only got the movement in 1950 when the dishwasher became cheaper. But in 1920, efficient models with permanent plumbings arrived in stores. Works Cited "The History Of The Refrigerator and Freezers." about.com Bellis, Mary. 2010. October 19,2012

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"Gas stoves in the 1920's." ehow.com. n.p. 1999-2012. October 22, 2012. Refrigerator Oven Washing Machine Dishwasher Changing Economic Conditions Changing Social Conditions Affecting the lives of individuals The 1920s brought with it a cultural revolution, transforming Americans into a consumer culture for better or for worse. Among the many advancements made during this time were the advancements to home appliances. The invention of numerous electrical home appliances left an imprint on our society we are still feeling today. Household appliances that came out in the 1920's were big time savers. It was usually women that did all the chores like laundry, cooking, dish washing. These appliances gave them more time to do recreational activities.
The stove/oven was very convenient because women could put something in the oven, and not have to supervise it the whole time. It saved a lot of time so they could finish their other jobs and chores.
The refrigerator saved Canadian households a lot of money, because they could keep food for longer because of the cooler temperatures.
The wash machine saved a lot of time, because you could put clothes in the machine, and then walk away, instead of washing it all on a scrub board.
The dishwasher came in handy to Canadian women in the 1920 because just put it in the machine and walk away.
All these inventions made a women's life in the 20th century a whole lot easier. Women's time in the 1920's was mostly taken by homemaking. They were expected to take care of the house( cleaning, cooking) and of their family. The inventions of home appliances were specially made for women. Media targeted women by making radio commercials or print ads promoting a better life with these household appliances. They would have much more free time to do what they enjoy and spend time with their family, since cleaning was much quicker and they did not have to do everything.


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