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Montgomery, AL, United States, 2005/11/26 - Just when I thought I’d seen it all, I’ll come across an interesting gadget or a version of something common that I have never seen.
Just when I thought I’d seen it all, I’ll come across an interesting gadget or a version of something common that I have never seen. I am fascinated by trivia that is kitchen related. I thought I would share a few of my most recently learned facts about the history of kitchenalia. All of these great facts can be found in the book, “Spiffy Kitchen Collectibles”, Krause Publications, 2003, by Brian Alexander.
...that according to a 1940’s Life Magazine Article a gadget is a device for doing something that nobody knew needed doing until a gadget was invented to do it.
... the Edward Katzinger Company, otherwise known as Ekco, started in the 1880”s with it’s founder making nothing but tin pans for commercial bakeries.
...in the 1950’s Ekco created large merchandising racks and shelving units for stores to prominently display their gadgets and housewares.
...The first Foley product from the Foley Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota put into production in 1933 was a food mill which is still in production today.
...in the 1920’s the Washburn Company, otherwise known as Androck, adopted colorful painted wood handles on their kitchenware.
...beaters fall into three categories: fixed, mechanical, or rotary. Fixed beaters are guided by hand motion and include simple wire and coiled wire designs. Mecanical beaters involve pushing up and down on the top to create a revolving motion. rotary beaters involve a geared whell and crank mechanism where rotating blades create the mixing action.
...cake and mold pans having a figural shape or including the design of a well known, licensed character usually have increased collector value.
...the earliest cookie cutters were fashioned from small scraps of tin or metal by hand.
...The first product of the Rival Manufacturing Company of Kansas City, Missouri was the Juice-O-Mat. It had an early distinction of being available in five different colors and despite the economy of 1932 was widely accepted by consumers.
...manual juicers, a once frequently seen kitchen gadget, were made obsolete with the introduction of frozen and canned juice in the 1950’s.
...in the1860’s, a $10,000 challenge to find a substitute for ivory billiard balls led John Hyatt on a path of experimentation resulting in the discovery of celluloid.
...a more durable hard plastic was discovered by Leo Baekeland in 1907 and was quickly named Bakelite.
Mama’s Treasures is a great place to browse and remember that kitchens are fun places as well as functional. Come visit us for all kinds of kitchen items that will bring back memories and put a smile on your face. If you care to shop and buy while you are there, that’s okay too. Right now we’re having sales everyday until December 18th. Each day an item, category or the entire store will be on sale for between 20-50% off. Each week will have two 50% off days. If you decide to buy something, you are automatically entered in our Holiday Contest for a $25.00 Gift Certificate. I’ll be giving away four of them on December18th.
If the kitchen isn’t your thing, we have lots of Advertising, Primitives, Christmas, China & Dinnerware, Pottery, Home Decor, Tools & Garden, Lady’s Hats & Hankies, Sewing, and a large collection of Shawnee Pottery for you to browse. We’ll always consider offers and we love to answer questions. If you love kitchenalia or any kind of Old Stuff, then drop by Mama’s Treasures. It’s the place where there is always a treasure waiting to be found.