Thursday, November 22, 2007

Inventions we didn't need

"The more you have the more there is to go wrong"

This is an excellent motto. I avoid gadgets.

You will not find a Magimix food processor, espresso maker, personal smoothie maker, deep fat fryer or even - that essential middle class accessory - a bread maker in my kitchen.

I have resisted the temptation to buy a Satnav even though I often get lost between Withington and Burnage.

Beer burglar alarms, Bluetooth watches and Blackberries will not be welcome in my Christmas stocking.

I thought that gadgets were a 21st century thing.
Look at these examples from the forties and fifties.
This gives a whole new meaning to the term 'bubble bath'. Just lie back and forget Health and Safety for once.

And how have you managed to wash your doilies for the last 50 years without one of these?

This multifunctional consumer durable is marketed for the 'housewife on the farm'. It's a washing machine that minces your meat and churns the milk while doing the weekly wash.

Love your kids but want a bit of peace?

Finally for the gal who has everything -


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Anonymous NiC said...

That Doily stretcher looks suspiciously like a swastika in the making to me....anyway how would the whole thing fit in the machine?

Generally I too am averse of over gadgetisation but I wouldn't be without our bread-maker which has been used nearly every day since we bought it three years ago.

I also like the idea of the apartment window cage....can you get one for teens I wonder?

9:53 am  
Blogger Murph said...

Excellent Pics!

I think women are less into gadgets than men.

There is one mechanical device which can arouse a woman sexually - I believe it's called a Mercedes SLK 55AMG.

10:39 am  
Blogger Mopsa said...

Mechanical Willie? Where can I get one? Does it dig the garden afterwards? That would be a great help.

10:50 am  
Blogger Betty said...

Most gadgets are the sort of thing that are bought as wedding presents - the more space they take up, the more maintenance they need, the more inconvenient they are to use and the more faddy they are, the better.

Because of my current incapacity, I already have a mechanical "Geoff" that combines crooning with housework. It's great!

12:25 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

The ad is from1936 - so you are probably right.

The teen version is called 'absailing'.

Mercedes SLK 55AMG - do you buy that at Ann Summers?

I'll stick with mechanical "Willie".

I thought the versatile washing machine would be your choice - so useful on the farm.

And exactly what do you mean by "afterwards"?

12:27 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I haven't had a wedding present since the sixties (!!).

We got a 'Goblin Teas Made'.
Does anyone remember the old jokes?

No - well use your imagination.

12:32 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Did the woman in the bath really need that much foam to help shave her legs?

1:41 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Reading the ad I see that Mechanical Willie "salutes and raises flags"...well HELLO big boy! and "smokes"...after the flag has been lowered, no doubt.

3:08 pm  
Blogger tony said...

KAZ, having lived down that way in the past, I can tell you that everybody between Withington and Burnage is lost........

3:22 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Why is it that none of these useful gadgets are still available (except for the mechanical Willie, obvioulsy)?

4:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Geoff (or mechanical Geoff - see above):

No it was that machine doing electrolysis.


He's all man ... er no ... he's all metal .... obviously a big improvement.


The Past?
We must have rubbed shoulders in some pub at sometime. Or at least my shoulder might have rubbed your elbow.


Admit it - it's the doily stretcher that you want for Christmas isn't it?

5:53 pm  
Blogger Salty said...

So Funny!!!!!!! but then what should I expect, I found you on non other than Wom Tigly's blog.

Ever since the invention of the wheel marketing moguls have pushed us to exchange coin for gizmos

9:57 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Good to see you here.

I don't quite remember the invention of the wheel - but what you say is so true.

9:42 am  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

That window-box playpen would have the social banging on your door these days - perhaps Michael Jackson bought the last one!

12:27 pm  
Blogger nuttycow said...

Do you think they have one of those cages in "boyfriend size" or will Mr Cow have to breathe in?

PS Hello Kaz... I've been away. I'm back.

5:30 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

That goal in the window is just what jonny B was needing.

6:34 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

How perceptive - but I still think the paparazzi would be chasing him.

What an amazing idea to chuck the kids out the window and just forget about them. Perhaps they didn't have 'social' in the thirties.

Welcome back.
Mr Cow will probably just piss off to the pub ..........if my experience is anything to go by.

This is a young person's designer adventure experience.

I visited Jonny but didn't get it.
Is he from Norfolk?

9:15 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

It was the post about the conflicting requirements for his upstairs windows, not the chicken coop one. He is supposed to bar the windows, but they must allow escape in case of fire.
He is in Norfolk, but not of Norfolk - much like myself and County Durham.

10:44 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

LOL... A Mechanical 'Willie'

The mind boggles, I can see those cages catching on in Hattersley... most of the kids end up behind bars anyway..

Now the where do you think the oil goes in a Mechanical Willie. ha!

5:18 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thanks - I'll go and see him again soon.

Norfolk? County Durham? it's all the Far East to me.

Er ...... thinks ........well he hasn't got any hair ....... hmm.

Glad you're feeling a bit better.

11:17 am  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

That was awesome! Especially the Window Cage..excellent for imprinting.

I 'eard Missus Jone's bloody kids think they're bloody's bloody disgraceful.. moind you she did give me a lovely basket 'o their eggs las noight!((sniff))

It is my understanding that those Bath Pumps are still all the rage in most of the 'stan' countries.

4:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... I read something like this on a BLOG? Hypocrite a computer is a bigger gadget then all those "useless tools" combined. Whens the last time you washed your clothes on a washboard.

1:41 pm  

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