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Refrigerator - Astor, Spacemaker Automatic 12, White, circa 1940-1960 Object Reg. No: ST 026234

Summary:
Alternative name: fridge.
This is an electric, Astor, Spacemaker Automatic 12, white refrigerator. It has an extra-large storage capacity, and is manufactured from sheet metal, circa 1940-1960.
This fridge was made by Astor, a division of Electronic Industries Ltd, Melbourne Victoria. It was donated to the museum by the manufacturer. This fridge was sectioned by the museum to demonstrate its insulation (polyurethane) and the ice free structure of the freezer compartment.
Description:
An extra-large, electric, square shouldered, sheet metal, white refrigerator.

DOOR: full height, hinged at right on corners. A magnetic locking mechanism. Middle right a decorative logo applied. HANDLE - double handle middle left. A central badge where the two D-shape sections meet.

BACK: compression unit at base of fridge exposed. 1/2 height grill above.

Fridge has been sectioned and sealed shut. The sectioning shows the insulation (polyurethane) and the ice free freezer compartment.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Electric Industries Pty Ltd, 1967
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 152.2 cm (Height), 68.5 cm (Width), 70.5 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: electric appliances, household appliances, refrigeration
Themes this item is part of: Domestic Refrigeration & Refrigerators, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Food & Drink Preservation
Tertiary Classification: appliances - electric
Inscriptions: DOOR: decorative logo a snow flake and "ASTOR/ spacemaker (in script)". HANDLE - central badge "AUTOMATIC 12".

BACK: yellow label on compression unit "TECUMSEH/ MADE IN AUSTRALIA UNDER THE CONTROL AND TO THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE TRADEMARK OWNERS, TECUMSEH PRODUCTS COMPANY U.S.A./ THE USE OF ANTIFREEZE SOLUTION NOT PERMITTED."
Metal disk applied to compression unit "E106-1/ 0/2 00 620103 K.R.U. A65ZF9/ 240 V 50CY AC 1/5 H.P. 1PH/ K12 ?? AMPS 1.3".
Stencilled in yellow on compressor "INSP."
Upper centre of unit stencilled "AR25A AR25A BLUE". Upper centre metal disk "REFRIGERATOR/ MODEL AR25A/ SERIAL NO. 24904/ 210-240 VOLTS 50 CYCLES/ A.C. ONLY 1-50 AMPS/ REFRIGERANT R12 7 oz +- 1/8 oz/ TEST PRESSURE 250 LBS./ SQ. IN./ ASTOR/ MANUFACTURED BY/ A DIVISION OF/ ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES LTD."
2 stamps, diamond lozenges, middle left "ELECT/ INSP. No. 3 OK/ TEST" "ELECT/ INSP. No. 2 OK/ TEST" .
Manufacturer: Astor Electronics Pty Ltd (A Division of Electronic Industries Ltd), Australia, 1940-1960

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