Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album

Accession 1997.229

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album
Dates: circa 1930
Accession Number: 1997.229
Creator: Kelvinator Corporation.
Extent: 1 volume
Physical Description: 1 album (18 photographic prints) : b&w ; 11.5 x 9.5 in.
Location: GL Box 1.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Kelvinator was founded in Detroit in 1916. Nathaniel B. Wales (1883-1974) was the founding engineer, and he had been developing home refrigeration units. By 1923, Kelvinator had the lion’s share of the electric refrigerator market at eighty percent. This album appears to be a wholesaler's catalog showing sketched illustrations of the exteriors and interiors of Kelvinator refrigerator models.
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Historical Note

Kelvinator was founded in Detroit in 1916 after previously operating as the Electro-Automatic Refrigerating Company. Nathaniel B. Wales (1883-1974) was the founding engineer, and he had been developing home refrigeration units. He received financial backing from automobile executive Arnold H. Goss. The company name was an ode to the British physicist who developed the absolute temperature scale that also bears his name, Lord Kelvin. By 1923, Kelvinator had the lion’s share of the electric refrigerator market at eighty percent. In the 1920s, Kelvinator acquired both Leonard Refrigerator Company and Nizer Corporation. In 1937 it merged with Nash Motor Company and became a division of Nash-Kelvinator. The company expanded into other household appliances like hot water heaters, room air conditioners, and electric ranges. In 1968, Kelvinator was purchased by White Consolidated Industries, which in turn was purchased by A. B. Electrolux in 1986.

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Scope and Content

This album appears to be a wholesaler's catalog showing sketched illustrations of the exteriors and interiors of Kelvinator refrigerator models in the D, S, and U series; three of the prints show only compressors and motors. No price list or text is included.

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Access Points

Motors
Refrigerators--Catalogs.
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