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The Leonard Cleanable Refrigerator

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The story goes – (from Wikipedia and www.jitterbuzz.com) – “The famous Leonard “Cleanable” Refrigerator came about after a mishap in the Leonard home: a pail of hot cooling lard was left inside an ice box on top of a cake of ice, resulting in melted ice, a spilled pail and cooled lard spilled all over.”

Charles created his refrigerator with removable liners and flues. In 1885, Leonard introduced metal shelves and improved the door-locking mechanisms. 1907 saw the introduction of porcelain lined interiors, which further enhanced the cleanability and sanitation of refrigerators.

The refrigerator cabinets were made of highly varnished carved-oak, brass fixtures, and enhanced with mirrors.

In 1923, Leonard sold 8 models for the home. They claimed “one out of every 7 refrigerators sold are made by Leonard”. The price ranged from $35.00 to the $170.00 model which was porcelain clad with an ice capacity of 100 pounds.


Here’s picture from www.jitterbuzz.com of the Leonard Booth at an Appliance Convention in the late 20’s or early 30’s.

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Coming Soon – The Leonard Refrigerator

Here on wordpress, I get to see how people find the blog. They search for all kind of appliances, parts, design ideas and who-knows-what-else.

Every day they search Leonard Refrigerator. This week I’ll take a serious look at “The Leonard”.

Let’s take a look at why is this particular brand is so popular? Where’d it start? And all the who, what’s, where and when’s?

Let’s call it “Exploring the Leonard”.