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Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Mon, 03/25/13 9:17 PM
I've had a cute little microwave made by sharp that i bought in '86 called a half pint. I've had it in my office for years and have been puzzled why so many times someone has asked if I wanted to sell it. Turns out they're unobtanium.
 
 There were many small, low powered microwaves available that were too small for a regular plate, but ideal for warming up leftovers, soups, or prepackaged food. They seem to be all gone now and there's void that apparently has a niche among RV's,Boaters,and Truckers that used or remaining ones now fetch pretty high prices if they still work. The latter version of mine as NOS sells for around $150-200 on E-bay and Amazon. That has me wondering about some recent appliances that seemingly fell out of favor for one reason or another:
 
Long Slot Toasters   For a while, you barely find a regular type. Many used the quartz elements that are now rare in toasters and back to regular heaters.
 
Braun type cone filter coffee makers.  The old basket types were getting hard to find for a while and most every one you seen in the stores used the expensive cone filters or those washable gold tone inserts. By the time the filters went generic and priced accordingly, the cone coffee makers started to vanish. Maybe some are still around.
 
Rotisseries. They're still around, but mostly by mail order and infomercials. You don't see the stacks of Ronco's or George Foreman's in the brick and mortars in several varieties anymore.
 
Countertop ice makers.  For a while, most any appliance section had about 5 or more models on the floor around here. I've only seen a mini versions that makes cocktail ice sold more like a bar novelty.
 
Multi-cookers. These have been around forever peaking during the late 50's and early 60's. They made a resurgence about 6-8 years ago with Presto at the forefront. Basically a pot with a built in heating element that could be used for frying, pot cooking, steaming, some had crock inserts doubling as a slow cooker.  
 
I'm sure there's plenty of others. 

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Mon, 03/25/13 9:27 PM
The electric skillet was a hot ticket in the 70s. My Nanny could have done an infomercial on the electric skillet.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Mon, 03/25/13 9:50 PM
Crepe "wand" that dipped in the batter.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Mon, 03/25/13 10:11 PM
Have the electric skillets fell out of favor up in the NE? Most displays here have about a half a dozen on display. I was admiring a giant Presto a few weeks ago that's like a giant, 15" Stainless Texas skillet. I have a tiny one I kept at the office that I bought in Big Lots about 5 years ago. Still see those around under different names. 
 
Haven't seen a crepe maker in the store for a while. Those didn't last too long, nor did the commercial crepe stations. Last one that I seen was in a gas station. 

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Mon, 03/25/13 10:21 PM
I haven't noticed any in quite some time. I was never allowed to get near the electric skillet in the 70s ...so maybe I should investigate the displays. It must have been very useful because it was used quite often.

I had my Snoopy sno-cone maker to keep me busy.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Mon, 03/25/13 11:42 PM
We have an electric skillet purchased about a year ago and just purchased a long slot toaster by Sunbeam about 6 weeks ago. I will also mention electric carving knives which aren't very prevalent, maybe they never were.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 12:00 AM
Still have my little electric fondue pot!
Where's my Veg-o-matic? Who took my Veg-o-matic?

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 12:37 AM
Vegamatics are still around. Odd you mentioned it.  I just returned from Walgreen's to pick up a prescription and seen one on the end of the as-seen-on-tv section. From what I read a few years ago, if you have an old one, hold on to it as the new ones aren't built very well, perform poorly, and break easily.
 
Electric knives I've still seen as of recent. Most all families around here do a pork shoulder once a week, so that's probably why they're still on the shelves here, otherwise it's probably a Christmas and Thanksgiving only item. Spiral hams took over Easter.
 
Stick Blenders are starting to thin out on the shelves. There used to be many on display, now it's usually just the KA and the Cuisinart. One appliance I can't live without even though they've been mentioned as one of the least used kitchen tools along side the bullet/personal blenders as a use-once-after Christmas item. Maybe they are big in europe in the all plastic versions, but unfortunately they aren't suitable for immersion above 140 degrees or less which defeats the purpose that I see use for one pureeing sauces and soups. That's probably why the KA and Cuisinart still have market share with metal shafts immersable in liquids at near boiling temps. I bought the whisk attachment for my KA which is equally wonderful and works better then one on a hand mixer.
 

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 8:57 AM
Not food related, but I've seen only one and they are no more.  It is a power screwdriver made by Coleman (the camping gear folks).  Odd thing about this one is that it has no batteries and therefore none of the problems related to batteries.  It charges in 90 seconds to full charge and the batteries don't develop a memory. How you ask? It has what they call a 'power cell' but is really a capacitor.  Can you say 'Back to the Future'; as in 'flux capacitor'. Mine works well but apparently they suffered from quality problems.  Great concept; wish they perfected it.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 9:29 AM
We are in the market for a new refrigerator for the first time in about 15 years. We are looking for a higher end larger capacity refrigerator that DOES NOT HAVE:
Side by Side Doors (we prefer top freezer)
Built in thru the door ice maker (not pratical, we'd need major plumbing to run a line to link up to it, plus the ice maker is just something to go wrong anyway).
Just try and find one like that these days. Everything we see are basic white lower price budget models.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 9:30 AM
Foodbme


Where's my Veg-o-matic? Who took my Veg-o-matic?
It's right here.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 10:58 AM
We still use our stick blender when making soup but we got rid our big Oster blender. If you put too much in it, it wouldn't move.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 12:48 PM
When I was in law school, someone gave me a mini deep fryer.  The only thing I ever used it for was to fry up shrimp chips from the Chinese market.   It was just too small to cook anything of any size.
 
However, I still use an electric skillet that my mom gave me when I was in college (in the early 1970s).  It's a Sunbeam. I love it, but it is starting to heat erratically. Plus, I dented the lid in a move years ago and it doesn't fit firmly over the pan, which is a pain if you are frying chicken.  It's hard to find an electric skillet that doesn't have non-stick lining.  I don't want a non-stick lining!

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 1:01 PM
Not sure if the Presto Salad Shooter is still in production.

I see them from time to time...at thrift stores.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 3:12 PM
CCinNJ


Not sure if the Presto Salad Shooter is still in production.

I see them from time to time...at thrift stores.

 
I don't know if they're still in production, but you can buy ones listed as new at Amazon.com. Not sure if they're NOS or "new" new though.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 6:40 PM
My Donvier!

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 6:53 PM
Kabob-It!

We've got one.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 7:08 PM
Kabob-It

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 9:10 PM
Whatever happened to the electric ice cream scoop?

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 9:53 PM
I have a Pizzazz frozen pizza cooker that I bought about a thousand years ago. I still use it on a regular basis.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Tue, 03/26/13 9:59 PM
I have been around MANY years but have to admit.........  I have never heard of an electric ice cream scoop!
How about these.........anyone remember using one?  They work GREAT!
 


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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 10:45 AM
My grandparents had a Presto Quick Burger single hamburger press cooker that I used the heck out of when I was a kid. Apparently they still make them.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 11:08 AM

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 2:03 PM


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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 4:44 PM
I haven't seen one in ages and didn't know they've been brought back. Bad memories after my divorce back in the 70's. I bought a Sears model. That was my stove, griddle, & toaster. I cooked my breakfast on it and also made my supper on it like a two sided griddle. For some reason, lots of folks called them "hamburger cloppers" I don't know if that was a trade name of one of major brands that was generically applied or if it was a regional thing. Sure was a lot of different brands on the market. I remember seeing almost an entire isle side of them in some of the chains with features such as double, reversable/removable griddles, meat forming wells to make perfectly round burgers, & temperature controls. Unless you had one that the griddles were removable, they were a pain to clean as they were not submersible. They also made huge messes with a grease puddle pouring out at they cooked as most had no containment outside of the main cooking well.
 
The Contact Grills that replaced them got part of it right, but most didn't have a flat griddle option and were still pain to clean. That's another device there were so many varieties of that's starting to wane, but you can still find a few like Geore Foreman's. You don't see that many of them anymore and the Panini grills seem to be taking their place and a few tabletop griddles that seem to come and go over the years are still around and never seem to quite disappear.
 
Table Top Wok
 
There's something that was designed for failure. Max you can get out of a household 1110V receptical is 15-20A with the top end of most any appliance limited to around 1800W. No way you can really do any real wok cooking at that wattage even in small amounts. For a while there were a lot of electic woks on the shelves. Haven't seen one for a while except by mail order either.
 
 
SeamusD


My grandparents had a Presto Quick Burger single hamburger press cooker that I used the heck out of when I was a kid. Apparently they still make them.



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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 5:27 PM
I do not suppose that TV is an appliance but has anybody seen tube TV's for sale recently.  Nobody sells them in Knoxville.
 
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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 7:17 PM
In the late '70's and early '80's, I worked for a contract manufacturer for Hamilton Beach.  We made a bajillion of the Little MAC Hamburger Cooker, which was promoted by Joe Namath.
 


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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 9:00 PM
jman


In the late '70's and early '80's, I worked for a contract manufacturer for Hamilton Beach.  We made a bajillion of the Little MAC Hamburger Cooker, which was promoted by Joe Namath.



That is the precursor to the George Foreman Grill

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 9:41 PM
Sundancer7


I do not suppose that TV is an appliance but has anybody seen tube TV's for sale recently.  Nobody sells them in Knoxville.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN 

 
Between tube tv's and old CRT monitors I have half a dozen in my basement. They are yours if you pay shipping! 

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 9:58 PM
The Sony BOOM boxes that took about 16 D batteries...if you were cool like that.

Sony Walkman with the spongy orange earphones. Nobody still has one of those...right?

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 10:54 PM
CCinNJ


The Sony BOOM boxes that took about 16 D batteries...if you were cool like that.

Sony Walkman with the spongy orange earphones. Nobody still has one of those...right?


I think it's out in the garage next to the 8 trak

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Wed, 03/27/13 11:14 PM
<<The Sony BOOM boxes that took about 16 D batteries...if you were cool like that.

You mean these?....
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMNvYJ6O_Ks

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Thu, 03/28/13 10:28 AM
Sundancer7


I do not suppose that TV is an appliance but has anybody seen tube TV's for sale recently.  Nobody sells them in Knoxville.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN 

I think I read somewhere that there are only one or two factories left in the world that make CRT's for tv sets/computer monitors... that means they're now harder to find and more expensive than flat screens. Last one I bought was at least 14 years ago.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Thu, 03/28/13 10:35 AM
Yes Ken...that would be it!

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Thu, 03/28/13 12:27 PM
My parents had a  Salton hot tray in the 60's- plug it in and was basically a hot tray-havent seen them since. She would keep her hot dishes warm on this thing......

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Thu, 03/28/13 12:44 PM
Ann
A friend of mine has one and we still use it every Spring at the annual Frogmore Stew Event. She brings it and several people place their dishes on it to keep warm, I think last year it kept the choriqueso and a dish of buffalo balls.
 
NO - Not those kind either!!!!!

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Thu, 03/28/13 12:58 PM
Those hair dryer things that had a base unit that heated the air, that ran through the hose that attached to the plastic bag you put over your hair.
 
The electric can opener that stood on legs and was NEVER the right height for ANY can.
 
HEY I GOT RIPPED OFF
I looked my Sony Boom Box only takes 12 D batteries!
But man could you break dance to that thing!
 

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Thu, 03/28/13 7:53 PM
CK- i should have kept theirs when I emptied out the house. Still worked. AND i should have kept Mom's Oster electric fondue pot. Many uses-especially for nacho sauce.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 9:38 AM
When I was in college 20+ years ago, the old electric fondue pots were widely sought after, as they made excellent vessels for making ramen noodles.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 10:05 AM
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CK- i should have kept theirs when I emptied out the house. Still worked. AND i should have kept Mom's Oster electric fondue pot. Many uses-especially for nacho sauce.

Ann - Should I be surprised that you haven't written about missing your electric bong?

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 10:16 AM
ann peeples


My parents had a  Salton hot tray in the 60's- plug it in and was basically a hot tray-havent seen them since. She would keep her hot dishes warm on this thing......


http://www.salton.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=274:hot-tray-standard&catid=43:cooking&Itemid=172

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 10:19 AM
ann peeples


CK- i should have kept theirs when I emptied out the house. Still worked. AND i should have kept Mom's Oster electric fondue pot. Many uses-especially for nacho sauce.


http://www.target.com/p/oster-fondue-pot/-/A-11295632

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 12:07 PM
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When I was in college 20+ years ago, the old electric fondue pots were widely sought after, as they made excellent vessels for making ramen noodles.
Basically it's an electric saucepan, right?  My parents gave me one new at the start of my freshman year and it provided many Sunday suppers of Chef B pasta products, Spaghetti-Os, soup, etc.
 
We have this electric griddle-type thing at home; I'll have to dig it out.  It belonged to my wife's great-aunt back in the '60s or '70s (looks like it was hardly ever used) and each surface has a number of indentations, each about the size of a ravioli.  I think it might've been intended for mini-sandwiches and the like...but the ravioli idea is kind of interesting.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 12:25 PM
I don't know who still gives The Clapper for holiday gifts...but sure as the sun will rise...the commercials are back with the clappin' woman every year along with the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia commercials.
 
Top shelf commercial production..
 
 

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 1:08 PM
From the Space Age appliance collection...
 
               
 
Presto Space Age Atomic & Automatic Buttering Popcorn Popper.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 5:17 PM
When I was in college 20+ years ago, the old electric fondue pots were widely sought after, as they made excellent vessels for making ramen noodles.
 
I guess I predate you by another 20 years in college starting in '71 during the summer of my high school jr year. I didn't live in the dorms then or ever did for that matter, but I knew and hung out with pleny of folks that did. That was about the heyday of the fondue pots which were mostly cheap sets that used a can of Sterno. Of the three universities that I attended over my academic lifetime, most had some sort of prohibition about cooking in the rooms. No hotplates, toasters, toaster ovens, later micowaves. I never heard of anyone using a fondue pot, although it's reasonable given that most RA's would look past an immersion heater (those little coil-like things with a plug), maybe one of those hot doggers and most definitely what used to be called a "hot pot" That was the universal ramen noodle maker. I'm sure they're still around. Every pharmacy and grocery store used to sell them. They usually were about a 1 Qt. aluminum pitcher that sort of looked like a small perculator coffee pot with a removable top,pouring spout, and built in heating element that took one of those two prong cords. These were very inexpensively made and came in all sorts of colors back then.
 
Some additions:
 
Double wide hamburger presses that could double as a two sided grill
Hot air pop corn poppers
The dome type poppers that had the stirring arm
Electric perculators, some very elegant and expensive ones!
Stand alone Ice Crushers
Yogurt Makers
First Sun Tea makers during the 70's
Juicers..all kinds from orange to rotary macerating that made peanut butter too.
Anyone remember those attempts at countertop dishwashers that hooked up to the sink faucet?
 
On the ice crushers. They were accessories in some cases such as Waring offered one that used the base of the blender. Attachements to mixers's shafts, and the craziest was a knife sharpener my parents bought that had a box-like thing that attached to the back and used the motor inside. This one also sharpened knives too and was returned because it wouldn't open many cans without skipping spots.
 
The yogurt makers were nothing but a warming base with a bunch of thick glass cups and lids, but most all of the companies jumped on this one during the mid 70's. Every store had a half a dozen or more choices. 
 
This was also the time when the toaster ovens took off. Some of the companies such as Rival and Toastmaster took this trend to the limit building huge ones larger then most microwaves or countertop convection ovens of today that you could cook an entire 12-15lb turkey and had a broiling element. Not convection, just regular heating elements. 
 
 

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 7:12 PM
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First Sun Tea makers during the 70's

 
We called that a gallon jar.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 7:19 PM
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This was also the time when the toaster ovens took off. Some of the companies such as Rival and Toastmaster took this trend to the limit building huge ones larger then most microwaves or countertop convection ovens of today that you could cook an entire 12-15lb turkey and had a broiling element. Not convection, just regular heating elements.


 
We made millions of the Norleco Toaster Ovens that used quartz elements.  As an aside, most of our workers were women.  The men in Clay County, KY were real go-getters. They'd take their wife to work in the morning and in the afternoon they'd go get her.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 9:11 PM
Yogurt makers are Greek these days...and they seem to coming back...

http://www.thekitchn.com/...wares-show-2013-185841
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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 9:27 PM
Not a broom...not a vacuum but the good ok' carpet sweeper that used no electricity and made the most horrific sound. I haven't seen one in hundreds of years...but I still cringe & shudder if I think of the sound of the carpet sweeper.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 9:32 PM
CCinNJ


Not a broom...not a vacuum but the good ok' carpet sweeper that used no electricity and made the most horrific sound. I haven't seen one in hundreds of years...but I still cringe & shudder if I think of the sound of the carpet sweeper.

Many carpeted restaurants still use them in between customers around a messy table.  Our local Chinese place has 4 of them.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 9:32 PM
CCinNJ


I don't know who still gives The Clapper for holiday gifts...but sure as the sun will rise...the commercials are back with the clappin' woman every year along with the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia commercials.

Top shelf commercial production..




I want the Duck Commander version, you blow the duck call and the lights go out!

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Fri, 03/29/13 10:36 PM
Still around, much to the chagrin of dogs and cats. I have a Bissell carpet sweeper. The newfangled version of these is the Original Europro Shark and the Swivel Sweeper that both run the roller brushes on batteries. Actually work quite well too until the batteries die.
 
Re: the electric knives. Just since the posting, I've kept my eyes out the past few days. I haven't been to any department or appliance store, but during the day's travels to grocery stores, I've seen one in Publix, two in Winn Dixie, and 4 in Navarro which is a large chain pharmacy down here so far. Imusa, 2 different models of Procter Silex, & Oster. That's just a small sampling of places, so it's probably fair to assume they're alive and well on the shelves down here.
 
CCinNJ


Not a broom...not a vacuum but the good ok' carpet sweeper that used no electricity and made the most horrific sound. I haven't seen one in hundreds of years...but I still cringe & shudder if I think of the sound of the carpet sweeper.



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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Sat, 03/30/13 7:54 AM
Jeff-it wasnt electric.......

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Sat, 03/30/13 2:09 PM
CCinNJ:  I used to sell them:
 
http://www.hokycarpetsweeper.com/
 
Silent Butlers
 
Stove top toasters
 
That machine with the around the waist strap that shook your tush.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Sat, 03/30/13 2:14 PM
Geeze Louise. Electric? Mine was plexiglass and human powered, ice was extra and too lazy to change the water regularly. The kids nowadays have electric vaporizers. Far cry from a pot of boiling water with a lump of vicks and a towel over our heads when we were kids.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Sat, 03/30/13 3:29 PM
Here's a snapshot of the offender...

http://m.bonanza.com/list...eeper-cordless/5108586

If you encounter this particular perpetrator...do not push or pull.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Sat, 03/30/13 5:14 PM
I do not approve of calling anything from the '60s or '70s Vintage.

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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Sat, 03/30/13 5:37 PM
I was armed and downright dangerous in the 80s with my butane curling iron & can of Vavoom hairspray...as tall as the Empire State Buildiing.

Non-smoking section for me.
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Re:Appliances That Vansihed After A Short Time - Sat, 03/30/13 5:41 PM
I sort of felt the same way when I got my first welcome mailing from AARP ten years ago.

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