Old Ads: Electrics and Electronics

Previously:

Old Ads: Alcohol  Old Ads: Food Remember the 80’s? Old Ads: Automotive

This set of ads is about home appliances and electronics from the time when TV’s had legs but no colors, cameras used film and keyboards connected to paper.


  • Melanie Paris Copeland

    Love seeing all these pictures! Brings back so many memories of growing up with so many of these items in our home or my grandparents’ homes.  I have to call B.S. on the Kirby ad. Those were never lightweight, I vacuumed every Saturday at my grandmother’s with her ca. 1940-something Kirby and that thing seemed to weigh more than I did.  I would love to have that middle drawer fridge now…so happy those are making a comeback, and we had the same toaster pictured, and Boy were we Lucky!!! lol

    • You just don’t know how much the vacuum weighed before, maybe it was as heavy as a fridge.

  • What a trip down memory lane. My grandfather had a servel refrigerator. It really is pretty amazing technology; it uses a heat source (usually a flame) with a closed ammonia loop to produce refrigeration. As the advertisement, says, there are absolutely no moving parts, so there’s no real upper limit to the service life: they might actually last forever. The kerosene unit only needed the wick cleaned every few months to keep the carbon off. My grandfather used his for some 20 years before replacing it. It was in working order when he replaced it, but it ran on kerosene and eventually, the smell of kerosene in the kitchen was probably my grandmother would like to move on from.

    This specific Servel unit as shown in the ad was probably not a good buy. Although it had no moving parts, the electric heating element would probably burn out every few years. Furthermore, the heating element would probably need to be 400 watts… and powered on most of the time. This would consume far more energy than the regular refrigerating units that were starting to become available at that time.

    You can still buy these — they’re  practical for off-the-grid homes where propane or natural gas is available, but electricity is being conserved.

  • A cool collection that.