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Old Stoves are Hot!: A history of antique cooking stoves Paperback – April 29, 2012
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The book's content and writing style are both accessible and warm without being superficial or cutesy (always turn-offs for me), so even an uninitiated guy like me can stay engaged. But guys like me sometimes need something more, which this book delivers in spades: striking visuals. Hundreds of vintage stove advertisements, organized thematically, adorn nearly every page. These ads, often in full color, are interesting enough to be a book in themselves although they really come alive through the thoughtful context provided.
Author Skip Lau offers a real gem here to anyone who shares his love for antique stoves and their many colorful connections to family, society, and American history. For everyone else, even casual stumblers like me, this attractive book offers an unexpectedly enjoyable ride into our past, especially its hot technology and the innovative marketing that spread it.
Skip takes us on a grand tour of technological domesticity, if you will, starting from Colonial times to the 1950s-1960s. Coal v natural gas v gas v electricity. Cut throat competition. High capitalism. Changes in commercial food processing. Progressive innovation. Planned obsolescence.
All this stove stuff was new to me since I abhor cooking. I remember some of these old stoves, though, but I couldn't tell you the make or model of them. My grandmother had a huge white 1920s Hot Point type stove when I was very small that could have fed the town. My mother had a stove with a deep fryer (or something) where she could make french fries as well as soup.Read more ›
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I locve nostalgia. I use to visit my grandparents in the Connecticut countryside in the early 50s.. this book brings a lot of it back as the book on Stonewalls.Published 10 months ago by Scoop
Not as much on 40's & 50's stoves that I would have liked but good book. More info on history and all sorts of woodburning models.
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About time someone cared enough about this topic and involved their personal love and experience to promote and educate the public about it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aardvarks