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1930s Household Refrigerators

The evolution of the household refrigerator is not a well known story.  There seems to be few people interested in the subject.  Perhaps it is not as romantic as the development of the automobile.  Nonetheless, a concerted effort was put

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Excerpts from “Elementary Mechanical Refrigeration” by Fred E Matthews, 1912

The following are several pages taken from the above mentioned book.  A similar explanation is more or less copied in “Power’s Principles of Refrigeration” of which I have a 1921 copy.  Take special note of the beautiful illustration below.  Clicking

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Hand Crafted Refrigerators

I’ve been collecting antique refrigeration books for a little while now and so far, my favorites have been two editions of ‘Household Refrigeration’ by H.B. Hull.  It is a beautifully laid out book covering both thermodynamic engineering principles relating to

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Some Old Refrigerating Machines

I recently purchased these two books from abebooks.com.  They are the second and fourth editions, 1926 and 1933 respectively.  I don’t remember what they cost, but I would have easily payed double.  They are filled with illustrations and descriptions of

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Household Refrigeration 1927

Notice the individual cabinet like doors on the refrigerator and the swinging drawer at bottom. Most units were belt driven external drive in this book. There was extensive use of flooded evaporators with low side floats at this time. I

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