"Partio" Cart Used by Dwight Eisenhower, circa 1960

Summary

The upscale Partio -- an all-in-one electric range, charcoal barbeque, and rotisserie -- evokes America's sense of optimism during the Eisenhower era. This particular example was owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower and used by the former President at his Palm Springs, California home. Vivid postwar styling aside, the Partio points forward to the present day interest in well-appointed outdoor living, as served up in lifestyle magazines and lavish catalogues.

The upscale Partio -- an all-in-one electric range, charcoal barbeque, and rotisserie -- evokes America's sense of optimism during the Eisenhower era. This particular example was owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower and used by the former President at his Palm Springs, California home. Vivid postwar styling aside, the Partio points forward to the present day interest in well-appointed outdoor living, as served up in lifestyle magazines and lavish catalogues.

Artifact

Barbecue grill

Date Made

circa 1960

Creators

General Electric Company 

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2012.24.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Purchased with funds from the Carleton & Hazel Brown Collection Fund.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Aluminum (Metal)
Maple (Wood)
Porcelain (Material)
Enamel (Fused coating)
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Plastic (Organic material)

Color

Aqua (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 49.5 in

Width: 28.5 in

Length: 55 in

Inscriptions

Backsplash above burners/griddle: GENERAL / GE / ELECTRIC Paper label affixed to lower left rear door (under grill): INSTRUCTIONS / FOR / GENERAL ELECTRIC / ELECTRIC RANGE / [...] / RANGE DEPT. / GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY / APPLIANCE PARK LOUISVILLE, KY.

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