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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Vol. 119, No. 1 (July, 1931)

Pennock, Grace L.
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JULY, 1931
T HIS Institute is a busy place. Things are doing in
every corner all day long. Today it seems espe-
cially active and interesting. Automatic counters,
recording the operation of some piece of electrical
equipment buzz every so often in one corner of the en-
gineering laboratory; the steady rumble of a washing
machine on an endurance test greets the ear from another,
and the engineer himself, working on a new device for
measuring the pressure of ironing machines, is almost
surrounded by his instruments, by wires, and the ironer
he is working with. From the laundry comes the swish
of another washing machine doing the regular family
wash, and every now and then the sound of the exhaust
trom a new device for pressing water from clothes.
There is activity in the foods kitchen. The big white
bowl covered with a crisp cloth is standing on the table
near the stove. This means hot rolls for lunch, and such
rolls! There are none better anywhere. And presently
odors from this kitchen cause envious comments from the
staff, and questions as to who is having lunch today. For
lunch at the Institute, while it happens frequently, isn't
an everyday affair in any sense of the word. It is always
a special occasion with special guests-and the most deli-
cious foods imagination can devise, served in our peaceful
dining-room where, and where only in this busy place,
there is the calm, unhurried dignity that makes a meal
such a satisfaction.
But we must be off and back to the engineering labora-
tory and the equipment kitchen again, for I want to tell
you more about what is going on there. The whole story
would be a long one, for activities here are many and
varied. You may find the humble potato and its baking
temperature a center of interest, or the temperature chart
from a refrigerator test a subject of study. Perhaps the
internal workings of a washing machine and an electric
mixer are the cause of comment and examination, or a
special range tes may bc :n progress, ana you'll soon get
the odor of angel food cake, fresh biscuits, or of chops or
steak. Ironing tests are sometimes in progress here with
a real ironing going on while a record is made of sole plate
temperatures of the iron. These and various other ac-
tivities are likely to be discovered in a visit to this part ot
the Institute. For the whole range of housekeeping ac-
tivities comes in for study at one time or another, and the
appliances used in these tests are varied. Questions
of all sorts come up in their use as to why one appliance
does this and another something different. We try to
solve some of these problems and then give you the bene-
fit of our experiences in the pages of DELINEATOR. It is a
live and interesting place here-there's no doubt about
At the present time the click of the recording instru-
ments attracts attention. Over in one corner of the en-
gineering laboratory a row of appliances, this time a
percolator, an iron and an automatic waffle baker, are
doing time-literally "doing time." For we are studying
the durability of their heating units and automatic tem-
perature controls. These automatic temperature controls
are appearing on more and more new appliances, and as
the story of just what they will do is important to you, we
are getting the facts. Already some of these appliances
have operated at regular intervals day and night for a
month with hardly a sign of wear. Think what this
means in terms of your own use. How many years would
you use a waffle iron before it had operated seven hundred
hours? It means a good deal to have one that is going to
work well that long, and a whole lot longer besides.
Some months you will see a story in these pages about
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what we have learned in working with some oi these small
A step from the engineering iaboratory brings us to the
equipment kitchen. This is a complete kitchen m every
way-lust like a home kitchen-but its chief purpose in
life is to furnish a place for actual use, under home con-
ditions, of the appliances on test. This means that here
food is cooked, meals are served, cans are opened, knives
are sharpened, dishes are washed-in fact all the thou-
sand and one household duties that go on in the kitchen of
any home go on here, and much else besides. Today the
aroma of coffee comes from this room, and we find several
people gathered around a table with severai cups in front
of them. Coffee percolators are at hand, and the critical
attitude of the folks at the table indicates that judgment
is to be passed on something. It isn't the coffee that is
of interest, but the coffee pot-a percolator in this case.
Exactly the same coffee and the same proportion have
been used in making coffee in several percolators. If
there is any difference in the taste of the product it is due
to a difference in the percolators themselves. Percolators
differ in capacity, in construction, in heat retention, and in
general convenience, and we want to know what these
differences mean in the flavor of the coffee and in the use
of the percolator. Not only coffee percolators but drip
coffee makers and others have come in for this sort of
test. Very soon we shall have the whole story about
them ready to tell you in the magazine.
J UST yesterday another new electric mixing machine
arrived. These kitchen mixing machines have been
appearing in varied forms recently. At first only the fully
equipped, large and rather expensive machines were
available. Now mixing machines of varied capacities,
capabilities and prices are to be had-to suit the needs of
the varied types and sizes of homes  (Turn to page 70)
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