History comes clean: Laundry through the centuries

More than three decades ago and fresh off retiring from his career teaching electrical engineering, Lee Maxwell and his wife climbed into their new motor home and headed east toward Maine for a vacation. Halfway through Iowa, they decided to stop for lunch and came across a farm auction. An antique washing machine was up … Continue reading "History comes clean: Laundry through the centuries"

Vacuum Bags, Belts and History: Advice from the Curator of the Vacuum Cleaner Museum

Tom Gasko was about eight years old and walking to school when he found his first vacuum. It was a GE Roll-Easy from 1956. He was immediately fascinated. “It looked like a barrel,” Gasko recalls. “Somebody had thrown it away. My mom said ‘That thing probably has bugs in it.’ I thought it was very … Continue reading "Vacuum Bags, Belts and History: Advice from the Curator of the Vacuum Cleaner Museum"

How do manufacturers measure your oven’s baking ability? It’s a piece of cake.

  Your oven’s baking ability has already been tested long before it makes it to your kitchen. Appliance manufacturers put ranges and ovens through a rigorous series of tests to make sure they’re capable of churning out a steady stream of treats for you and your family. AHAM’s ER-1 standard for household electric ranges offers … Continue reading "How do manufacturers measure your oven’s baking ability? It’s a piece of cake."

A Brief, Interesting History of the Hair Dryer

One of the benefits of home appliances is that they not only make our lives easier, they also keep us looking our best, too.  Most women today have never had to experience what life was like before this home appliance revolutionized the way women washed and dried their hair. Although a hair-drying device was first … Continue reading "A Brief, Interesting History of the Hair Dryer"

The Home of the Future…from 1957

What images are conjured up when you envision the “Home of the Future???   Nowadays, you might think of a kitchen equipped with modern-looking smart appliances that can be controlled from your smart phone.  If so, you would be correct because those technologies are currently being developed and will not only save you time and effort … Continue reading "The Home of the Future…from 1957"