General Electric "Monitor-Top" Refrigerator, circa 1934

Summary

The big news in the kitchen during the 1920s? Reliable, affordable electric refrigeration. As more homes had access to electric power, people replaced their messy wooden iceboxes with stylish, low maintenance, enameled porcelain electric refrigerators. In 1930, 10% of households had them -- by 1940, 56% did. General Electric's distinctive "Monitor Top" refrigerator was a big seller in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The big news in the kitchen during the 1920s? Reliable, affordable electric refrigeration. As more homes had access to electric power, people replaced their messy wooden iceboxes with stylish, low maintenance, enameled porcelain electric refrigerators. In 1930, 10% of households had them -- by 1940, 56% did. General Electric's distinctive "Monitor Top" refrigerator was a big seller in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Artifact

Refrigerator

Date Made

circa 1934

Creators

General Electric Company 

Place of Creation

United States 

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Home Arts

Object ID

86.45.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of James Ruth.

Material

Steel (Alloy)

Color

White (Color)

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