Follies of the Madmen #283

"But, Betty, I can't fit the corpse into the upright model so easily!"

     Posted By: Paul - Thu May 26, 2016
     Category: Business | Advertising | Products | Death | Appliances | 1950s

Holy Crap! That's something like $4,300 in today's money for both units. Seem's to me buying fresh would be more cost effective.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 05/26/16 at 09:40 AM
So, you only have to duck-walk the bottom compartment.

@Robb: Ustawuz folks hunted, fished, and bought whole beefs to stock those freezers with.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/26/16 at 10:56 AM
@Robb remember, you can buy either one or both on the convenient payment plan.
Posted by GFinKS on 05/26/16 at 11:13 AM
Grew up with one of those freezers exactly like that one. That script "Storage" word on the cheezy al-u-miny-um doors is tattooed on my brain. Well, with no cellar or garage in SE Florida, my parents must have bought off on Betty's spiel. One thing we had plenty of there was humidity, though, and that damn thing made frost by the ton. Sometimes there was even a little room left over for some food.
Posted by Virtual on 05/26/16 at 01:18 PM
We had one of those that my parents had picked up used in the sixties. It still worked when we quit using it in the nineties. Disconnected it because it sucked a lot of power and was a pain to defrost.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/26/16 at 02:18 PM
Actually, I wish our upright freezer had those interior doors. Every time I open the door, the cold air dumps out. The chest freezer is much more efficient.
Posted by muddyvalley on 05/26/16 at 06:19 PM
The chest freezer is definitely the model to have. We were able to stuff all the flesh from a 1200 pound steer in one with room left over for other frozen incidentals. When the old chest freezer gave up and was replaced with an upright it wouldn't hold as much even though it was rated at the same capacity. And it worked just like Virtual described - progressively becoming more clogged until the next defrosting.
Posted by KDP on 05/26/16 at 11:46 PM
Robb, not only are they expensive by today's standards, they're tiny. A seven cubit foot fridge? They should have used a shorter spokesperson. Betty towers over the appliances. And according to Google, she was a gargantuan 5'4".
Posted by ges on 05/27/16 at 12:16 PM
I caught the seven square foot number when she said it. That's a good size if you're shopping for an RV fridge.

And I wondered about how tall she was, too. She looked like an emaciated giant. But that's because I was visually thinking those appliances were in the size range of what one would find in today's home.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 05/27/16 at 01:28 PM
The Defrosting of the Freezer was a family event, suddenly announced by mom. Next would come the boiling pots of water, gnashing of teeth, swabbing and wringing with all available towels, swearing, dog barking, etc, until the deed was accomplished. The freezer volume became thousands of times larger than it had been a couple hours ago, and the cycle started again.
Posted by Virtual on 05/27/16 at 02:13 PM
I vaguely remember having a refrigerator with a bottom drawer freezer. It seems to me it would frost up to the point of being inoperable, but was just regarded as an act of nature not to be tampered with by mankind. Nor was it to be tugged at by little boys.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 05/27/16 at 09:15 PM
They still make ref/freezers with freezer on bottom.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/29/16 at 03:02 PM
I know. We just bought one less than a year ago. I have flashbacks all the time.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 05/29/16 at 03:26 PM
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