OLDEST-KNOWN FRIDGE IN AMERICA STILL RUNNING AND CHILLING 85 YEARS LATER, OWNER MARK VAIL HAS THE PROOF

Cooler than cool: Owner Mark Vail showing off his vintage fridge

Oldest-known fridge in America still chillin’ 85 years later

  • The fridge’s globe-shaped top holds the cooling mechanism
  • Cost $300 in 1928, equivalent to over $4,000 today

By Ryan Gorman PUBLISHED: 22:01 EST, 6 July 2013 |

Is your refrigerator running? It’s still funny, even 85 years later.

Built in the late 1920s, this General Electric fridge is still hummin’ along as if Nucky Thompson still ran a Boardwalk Empire.

This fridge set its original owners back a cool $300, according to the New York Post. That’s equivalent to a brain freeze-inducing $4,225 today.

 

Chillin': This 85-year-old GE fridge is likely the oldest in America

Chillin’: This 85-year-old GE fridge is likely the oldest in America

 
Vintage: GE still manufactured appliances in the US back in the 1920sVintage: GE still manufactured appliances in the US back in the 1920s

Standing a stout three-feet-tall, the fridge’s globe-shaped top isn’t for decoration, it’s where the mechanical cooling assembly cools its jets, and owner Mark Vail’s food in the main compartment below, according to the Post.
The median income in 1928 was $6,078, and only 24 people made $5 million or more, according to Time. The average home cost was about $8,000, according to Cost of Living.

 Ballin': The basketball-sized round top houses the fridge's cooling mechanism

Ballin’: The basketball-sized round top houses the fridge’s cooling mechanism

 

 
Cooler than cool: An ad from the 1920s showing the benefits of refrigeratorsCooler than cool: An ad from the 1920s showing the benefits of refrigerators
 
 Ice cold: Ads from the 1920s showing the benefits of refrigerators, including improved health
Cooler than cool: Owner Mark Vail showing off his vintage fridgeCooler than cool: Owner Mark Vail showing off his vintage fridge

Well-heeled families looking to fill their shiny new fridges with life-giving food forked over a little less than 50 cents each for a delicious sirloin steak and sliced bacon, according to the US Department of Labor. Fresh milk cost about 11 cents and a dozen fresh eggs were 40 cents.

A pound of butter was also about 50 cents, while a loaf of bread cost about a dime, according to the agency.

Happened in 1928

  • Herbert Hoover was elected 31st President of the US, succeeding Calvin Coolidge
  • Mickey Mouse first appears in Steamboat Willie
  • Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
  • British scientist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
  • Bubble gum, first called Double Bubble, was invented
Source:The US Government, the People History

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