User Manual - Charles Hope Ltd, 'Cold Flame' Kerosene Domestic Refrigerator, circa 1950 TradeLiterature Reg. No: TL 027504

Thirty two page booklet dating from 1940-50s, advertising the Charles Hope kerosene refrigerator (fridge), titled 'Instructions for the Installation, Operation and Maintenance of the Charles Hope Cold Flame Refrigerator... with Recipes'. The brochure was printed and distributed in Australia by Charles Hope Ltd and Charles Industries Pty Ltd. Charles Hope refrigerators were made in Brisbane.

The brochure includes instructions for installing, starting, regulating temperature, defrosting and maintaining the kerosene powered model of refrigerator. These instructions feature black and white illustrations as well as text. There is also information on the design and construction of this refrigerator. The bulk of this brochure is devoted to recipes for food that has components that require refrigeration - including desserts, iced drinks, ice cream, salads, salad dressings, jellied meats and fish, and sandwich fillings. There are also several blank pages for customers to write down their own recipes.
Thirty two page booklet with colour cover. Inside pages are white, with black text and feature coloured illustrations of recipes. The Charles Hope logo is also tinted pink.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from Ms Fiona Kinsey - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions
Discipline: Trade Literature
Dimensions: 240 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: electric household appliances, refrigerators domestic, grosley shelvedor fridge, kerosene refrigerators
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Food & Drink Preservation
Tertiary Classification: appliances - electric
Primary Subject: Kerosene Refrigerators
Publication Date: 1950 circa
Inscriptions: Inside, page 1, black ink, handwritten: "Mrs. J. Williams / 14 Stephen St"
Publication Types: Repair Manual; User Manual
Printing Types: Full Colour
Illustration Types: Black & White; Photographs; Line Drawings; Colour; Instructional Drawings
Page Size Format: 180 x 240
Number of Pages: 30
Manufacturer/Distributor: Hope, Charles, Ltd


greg Posted on 05 Dec 2009 3:20 PM
we are using a 1956 charles hope kero fridge

where do we get the glass and wicks from.
these were available in the west from the lamp man but he has since past away so now we are stuck
can you help
thanks greg

regards greg
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 11:18 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Greg, there are several places that provide replacement parts. If you google 'kerosene fridge replacement parts' I think that you will find a supplier.
Wayne Lewis Posted on 17 Jan 2010 8:30 AM
I have a Charles Hope fridge that I have just finished doing up .The damn thing wont work now! How can I obtain a copy of the owners manual from the museum ?Yours etc. Wayne.Thank you.
NOELENE Posted on 18 Jan 2010 6:55 AM
where can I get help with the value of our frig as we wish to sell it
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 Jan 2010 2:12 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Wayne, the Discovery Centre at Museum Victoria coordinates all collection access requests for Museum Victoria's Science, Indigenous Cultures and Australian History and Technology Collections. To send the enquiry, click on the 'Ask the experts' link above and then on 'Collection Access' in the menu at left. Before submitting your request, please read our collection access guidelines.
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 Jan 2010 3:48 PM
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Audrey Posted on 12 Mar 2010 6:53 PM
We have a wick and glass for a Charles Hope kerosene fridge if Greg or anyone needs one.
Chris Posted on 24 Mar 2010 7:27 PM
We need a wick and glass for a Hope kerosene fridge. Can you please put us in contact with Audrey (comment 12 March 2010)? Regards
noel beeston Posted on 17 Apr 2010 4:48 PM
Ihave a charles hope cold flame electric refrig ihave no further use for any body interested ?? runs ok
taye ola Posted on 25 May 2010 3:07 AM
pls can you send the me e-mail concernig kero fridge to me
Discovery Centre Posted on 25 May 2010 3:55 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Please note that Museum Victoria’s Conditions of Use for Online Contributions, which can be found at the bottom of each page of our website, states that we may delete comments that are seeking to endorse commercial products or activities or to solicit business. Therefore, unfortunately we can’t put you in touch with people who are seeking to sell or buy items.
Anthony Posted on 30 Jul 2012 12:45 AM
if any one needs help with there kero fridge just email me and i am glad to give any tips

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