Made during WWII, this film will depict General Electric appliances and their uses as well as their proper care (:43). During the war new appliances were not available and so the film shows ways to keep General Electric appliances in good operating condition. It begins with a frayed cord and how this chord has been frayed by being pulled from the wire and not the plug itself (2:59). The roaster follows (3:36) and this must be properly cleaned inside and out. For care of the toaster (3:45), users must refrain from shaking it to loosen crumbs or to insert a fork into it as it may cause electrocution (3:45). The crumb tray which can be removed and cleaned is shown (4:16). Most modern coffee makers are made of glass (4:29). Cleanliness here maintains fresh flavor and aroma (4:59). For the mixer, the motors are to be cleaned and lubricated (5:22). To ensure even browning of waffles, the waffle iron must be heated to the appropriate temperature (5:46). A washing machine is looked at next and these must not be overloaded (6:31). The agitator is removed, pulled apart, cleaned to prevent soap buildup (6:42) and we are then informed this particular model had to be drained after each use. The vacuum is looked at next and the bag must be emptied as when full this impedes its full capabilities (8:41). The refrigerator is being thoroughly cleaned (9:47). It was easiest to clean the freezer during the process of defrosting. This must be done in order to keep a layer of frost forming which prevents the freezer from working properly (9:47). The drip tray is shown being emptied and cleaned as well (10:35). The book titled “How to Cook A Wolf” by MFK Fisher (11:55) presented readers with numerous ideas for saving money, preventing waste, and improving flavor. A test is conducted in order to tell the freshness of an egg (12:07) and this is done by dropping an egg into water. For cooking eggs, fats are added before the eggs and the heat is promptly turned down and skillet is covered (12:48). The heat is then turned off completely turned off and after two minutes the eggs are ready. It was beneficial to use a smaller range and simple skillet meals whenever possible (15:30). The film draws to its end with a look at some of the fashionable attire for the kitchen (17:55).

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  1. Vera Smith on February 27, 2023 at 5:22 am

    Most women were working in factories and defense plants .

  2. Eszra 01 on February 27, 2023 at 5:24 am

    My grandmother let me know that the heels were mostly for show in movies and stuff. Most women wore flats or slipper shoes. She only wore pumps or heels out or with company.

  3. James Curtis on February 27, 2023 at 5:26 am

    To bad GE appliances is owned by a Chinese corporation now.

  4. Vincent Ciulla on February 27, 2023 at 5:27 am

    That orange lipstick is awful!!

  5. Monty Smith on February 27, 2023 at 5:29 am

    yeah ,every house wife should wear a dress and high heels…but then that was in the 1940,s .

  6. Kentucky Lady on February 27, 2023 at 5:32 am

    The clothes are gorgeous. I would love to have a vintage kitchen and appliances. The lady was stunningly beautiful. My Mother wore her dark hair in a similar style. She worked in an aircraft factory during the war.

  7. The Brazilian Gardener on February 27, 2023 at 5:40 am

    cute lady

  8. Mr. S on February 27, 2023 at 5:51 am

    I absolutely love these types of videos. What great appliances. In fact, we had a few of these. We had the GE mixer with the three beaters. That lasted for decades. And it got a lot of used too. We also had the roaster and the toaster. Also, many decades of use. Not going to find that today.

  9. Luisa D’Angelo on February 27, 2023 at 5:53 am

    Oh my! Watching this in 2022 is a blast!! Yet my grandmother had some of these very same appliances. Although I’ve never seen a washing machine like this except in old movies or comedies like I Love Lucy and the Honey Mooners! Enjoyed every second of this nostalgic video and many others today like it. Thanks 😊

  10. fujifrontier on February 27, 2023 at 6:00 am

    Daaang lol she’s gonna wear that radio out with all that wiping

  11. Scratch Dog 22 on February 27, 2023 at 6:05 am

    All the appliances are simply gorgeous. Love the 40’s – 50’s era kitchens.

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