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Refrigerator - Beach, White, mid-1930s Object Reg. No: HT 4386

Summary:
Alternative name: fridge
Beach electric white refrigerator. This is a standard size, rectangular steel refrigerator with a ridged edge at top and a black, footed base. It was manufactured overseas in the mid-1930s.
According to an advertisement found in the Australian Women's Weekly, Dec. 5 1936, this refrigerator was available for purchase from Nock & Kirby's (Sydney), importers, from 1937.
A decorative badge on the centre of the fridge door shows a woman's head above a banner with the name "BEACH". Below this banner is a lightening bolt through a triangle.
Description:
This is a standard, electric, white metal refrigerator. The rectangular unit has a ridged edge at top and sits upon a black, footed base.

FRONT: 2/3 height door, 1/3 height panel covering motor. Temperature dial upper centre. Silver metal base plate with black dial. DOOR: decorative logo, light and dark blue enamel, shield form, centre. HANDLE - vertical lever, hinged at top.

BACK: exposed motor at bottom of unit. Electrical cord concealed behind vertical metal panel left.

INTERIOR: white enamel with black enamel trim. Moulded supports for three shelves. Top shelf, removable, wire, full width. Middle shelf, made up of two half width shelves interlocking in the middle. A 1/2 width shelf at right below. FREEZER COMPARTMENT - 1/3 width, white enamel door, hinged at right. 2 compartments. DOOR - 2 fixed wire drawers, lower half of the door. Black rubber seal.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 131 cm (Height), 65.5 cm (Width), 55 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: domestic appliances, refrigerators domestic, kerosine fridge
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: FRONT: decorative logo at top a woman's head above a banner with name "BEACH", above a lightning bolt through a triangle. On base plate of temperature dial to left "COLD" and to right "WARM". Around the dial "OFF 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1".
Distributor: Nock & Kirby's Ltd., New South Wales, Australia, 1937

Australian Women's Weekly, 5 Dec 1936. The advertisement in this issue states of this model 'All Steel 1937, Imported Model'. Place of origin is not provided, the importers are Nock & Kirby's in Sydney.

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