Recollection Road’s latest video clip on forgotten appliances from the past is a trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up in the 1950s to 1970s. It highlights how these vintage appliances had a unique design that made them famous in their time, & why the nostalgia surrounding them remains strong.
The first gadget discussed is the electric can opener, a game-changer for busy families and those with arthritis. The appliance’s handy knife sharpener made it an even more helpful addition to the kitchen. Today, these can openers have become smaller and more compact, no longer taking up valuable counter space.
The GE refrigerators’ unique design and range of colors made them a stylish addition to any kitchen. However, the lack of space meant that more extensive and efficient refrigerators eventually made it less common and phased out. The Telebar was another unique appliance that combined a bar with a television and a radio. However, with the introduction of larger home bars and even mini-fridges, the Telebar became another appliance left in the past.
The Frigidaire Flair was a stove that had a stovetop that slid in and out like a drawer, with ovens at eye level and retractable doors that made it look like something from the future. But, unfortunately, the efficient stoves of the 1970s made the Flair stove become an appliance from the past.
The countertop dishwasher was a compact and convenient appliance that could fit any kitchen counter. However, as more modern and larger under-the-counter dishwashers became available, the countertop version became less common and eventually disappeared. Likewise, the Presto Hot Dogger claimed to cook six hot dogs in one minute. Still, it phased out with the introduction of the modern microwave.
Ronson Can-Do was a versatile kitchen gadget that could open cans, sharpen knives, and even mix drinks. However, the Ronson Can-Do faded away as more modern kitchen tools became available. The GE Americana break-front Refrigerator & The Thor Automagic Washing Machine & Dishwasher were some other vintage appliances that people still remember.
These vintage appliances were more than just functional. They were also stylish and represented a certain level of sophistication that people aspired to. In today’s constantly changing world, it’s nice to take a moment and appreciate the things from the past that were built to last.