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The Housewife's Friend: 1915

The Housewife's Friend: 1915

"Kitchen Appliance." A three-burner Alcohol Utilities stove with griddle and toaster circa 1915. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

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Another Fark


Reminds me of the costume Prudy was wearing in "Support Your Local Sheriff" when she did, indeed, go up in flames. Don't tell me this was before your time -- it's a classic.

And if you act now...!

We'll send you set of miracle knives free!

I love this picture- the ancestor of the infomercial.

Today is my Shorpy birthday!

I've been a member of Shorpy for 52 weeks and 5 hours now...and I could NOT be more delighted that these "naughty pair of minxes," as Marcelle put it, are featured on this most auspicious of days!

Oh, and I'm bringing veggie burgers & a bottle of "Mad Housewife" brand Chardonnay to a Fourth of July party this Friday! Hooray! Perhaps someone will pour it directly into my mouth while we saucily straddle our chairs, "like they do nowadays"!

Cool Heat

Looks a lot like today's Coleman stove. Is the tank in the middle used to store the alcohol? Also many people use alcohol for those little heaters under their fondue pots.


Actually alcohol is relatively safe for use with a stove. Most boaters use it primarily because it doesn't explode (like propane) and a fire can be quickly doused with water.

Cooking Marvel

Ladies! New from the Alcohol Utilities Company of New York - You, too can be a "Pyro" maniac with this wonderful alcohol fueled stove. Make your whole family's breakfast in one place: a griddle perfect for Diamond's sliced bacon, a toasting rack, with an additional burner provided for your eggs. And... it's portable ... portable ... portable.

(Fake ad copy provided my imagination)


Just looking at the one woman with the denatured alcohol bottle and its sinister sounding name, "Pyro," alongside the other one's ruffled sleeve. This doesn't bode well.

Nom nom nom!

Bacon in a jar!


Alcohol as a cooking fuel, I wonder if any housewives caught things on fire using it. "Gee Madge, in 90 years, something called a "George Foreman" will replace our griddle."

Up in Flames

That woman never cooked a day in her life I am willing to bet. If she were to light that stove, her pretty ruffled sleeve would probably be aflame within seconds.

On a positive note, I'm impressed with the forward-thinking equipment. Had no idea they were that advanced in 1915.

How about a shot of Tequila, Agnes dear?

Yes, please go ahead and pour me a stiff one, Ethel!

They seem to have forgotten the shot glasses...I think Agnes is going to pour the shot directly into Ethel's mouth, while straddling her chair, like they do nowadays... naughty pair of minxes!

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