Monday, June 4, 2012

Refrigerator Time-Warp


Q: Do you know what's off about the picture above? 
A: The fridge has one door instead of two. 
Q: Do you know why? 
A: Because its "freezer" is a non-insulated box inside, with the cooling element wrapped around it. The door is plastic and folds down. You can see it here along with its drip tray:


I bet none of you have ever even used one of these dinosaurs. It's a style from before the 1950s. By the 60s, the manufacturers had figured out that if you separate the refrigerator part from the freezer part and use two doors, it will work better and the freezer element won't ice up and require defrosting. Seriously, have any of you ever had to "defrost" your refrigerators? Well, I do. I have one like this, as do many Egyptians. I have to defrost it every month or so. Yeah, it's lots of fun. :P After more than ten years, I've finally had enough! Can't take it any more. Hubby and I are buying a new one for my birthday. (Yeah, it's weird b-day present, but, hey, it's more expensive than the b-day presents I usually get, so what the heck.)

Just letting you know so you can look at your own refrigerators and appreciate them. :-)

9 comments:

Kelly Hashway said...

I remember these. And they are still like this for the small mini fridges for dorm rooms. I had to defrost mine. :)

(Happy early birthday!)

Lindsay N. Currie said...

HA! I'm not sure I've ever seen one like this . . . save for a tiny one I once saw in a hotel that kind of had a little freezer in the top left:)

Kate Larkindale said...

I still have 3 of these (not so big though) at the cinema for storing milk. Because when we're busy we might make 100 or more coffees in an hour, the fridges get opened and closed a LOT. And the ice boxes turn into giant glaciers in there..... So glad you're getting something nice (and practical) for your birthday...

Lexa Cain said...

Aw, c'mon. Those mini-fridges are nothin' They take like an hour to defrost. My fridge takes 8 hrs at least. Now that's a chore!

tfwalsh said...

Once a month to defrost your fridge... that does not sound like fun at all. I haven't seen one of these fridges. Have you selected which replacement refrigerator you want?

Pippa said...

Now I have no excuse to moan about my crazy fridge. Not sure whether to thank you or not, Laura ... lol!

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Fairday Morrow said...

Wow! I was thinking that I only have seen this style for dorm rooms- or small offices. But- those don't need to be defrosted every month and they certainly don't take 8 hours! I think you have picked and excellent birthday present and I am sure it will bring you a lot of happiness! :)

~Jess

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm pretty sure my childhood home had this type of refrigerator. Thanks for jogging my memory.

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