The ad in question read, "FOR SALE- cook stove with Silent Glow burners". What on earth is a silent glow burner? I had no idea. After much searching I found first of all, you need to use the search term "silent glow OIL burner" to get any worthwhile results, and secondly, this invention was an add on to one's present coal or wood burning stove designed to make the housewife's life a little easier, and the Silent Glow people a little richer. By the 1930's gas stoves had come into wide use, in fact twice as many were in American homes as coal or wood stoves, so the Silent Glow must have been the option for people living in rural areas with no gas lines, or too
|Old Silent Glow kerosene bottle.|
Early refrigerators weren't any better. The GE Monitor Top which came out in 1927 used sulpher-dioxide or methyl formate as a refrigerant. Those chemicals are so dangerous that if you have one of these babies laying around today, you can't even legally recharge it using the original refrigerant.
Aside from wondering what my ancestor's day to day lives were like, I sometimes have to wonder how they survived long enough to become my ancestors in the first place?