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Vintage appliances just keep running

Leonard side x  sideBob Karlovits wrote in his article for the Pittsburgh Tribune -Review – “Old appliances are like friends who have been around for a long time.

Sometimes they are dependable and reliable. Other times they are sitting around long after it was time to go. But most times, they have earned a spot for which there is no replacement.” Read more Vintage appliances just keep running – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Look at the old Leonard Side X Side in the photo above. A beauty!

Here’s a brief look at the history of “Leonard ” – Kelvinator began in 1881 as The Leonard Refrigerator Company. The company grew to be a leader in wooden icebox cabinets and in 1914 developed its first household mechanical refrigerators under the name of the Electro-Automatic Refrigerating Company.

In 1918, it introduced the first refrigerator with any type of automatic control. In 1920 their production numbers went from two dozen to more than two hundred. Compressors were generally driven by belts attached to motors located in the basement or in an adjoining room. The company changed its name to Kelvinator soon after (to protect the cold as well as the innocent), and by 1923 held 80% of the market for electric refrigerators.

What a dream! I’d build a kitchen around it. I’d be keeping it forever!