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Monitor-top refrigerator, ca. 1927

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Monitor-top refrigerator, ca. 1927

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General Electric introduced this refrigerator, with a top-mounted icing unit and traditional-looking "furniture" legs, in 1927.

The American public soon dubbed it the "Monitor-Top," after the icing unit's resemblance to the turret on the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor.

The refrigerator, which retailed for about half the price of competing models, soon became GE's most successful product.

Other Information


  • Title: Monitor-top refrigerator, ca. 1927
  • Creator: General Electric Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1927
  • Subject Date: circa 1927
  • Media: Enameled metal, chrome, wood
  • Local Code: 2004.090.0200
  • Collection: Central Maine Power Company
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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