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.
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.
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
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