Posted by: lornasass | December 5, 2009


My Sweetie found this charming photo of this stovetop shown in the Swedish Pavilion at the NY  World’s Fair on the LIFE magazine web site.  It was taken in July 1939 by the famous photographer Margaret Bourke-White. This was the same year that PRESTO introduced its first cooker at the Fair.
Here’s the description:  Swedish woman in native costume demonstrates using the drop-down cooking pot that allows meat to be cooked like a pressure cooker on top of this modern Swedish electric range, on display in the Swedish Pavilion.

Any idea how this appliance would work?  I’m guessing that the pot drops down into the hole and the lid (which seems to have a rubber gasket) creates a seal and off you go.


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  2. Hmm, I don’t think that’s pressurized.

    There would need to be some sort of locking mechanism to hold the lid down.

    The British brand Aga makes “cookers” that have similar lids. On the Agas, though, the lids just cover a hot metal plate that works like a stove burner.

    • I remember seeing Aga stoves when I visited cooks in England. Everyone loved them and raved. I think you’re probably right that this isn’t a pressure cooker. I’ll have another look at it. TX!

  3. Good idea. I’ll do a post on that soon.

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