What was new when? Here are some appliance milestones from the book, "America at Home: A Celebration of Twentieth Century Housewares," published by the International Housewares Association.
1886: Josephine Cochrane patented her invention for a dishwasher -- she had become frustrated with servants who kept breaking her china. Cochrane's company later became part of KitchenAid.
1913: The first household refrigerator, the Domeire, was manufactured.
1926: The pop-up toaster was introduced by Waters Genter Co., which later became Toastmaster.
1938: KitchenAid introduced the electric coffee grinder.
1939: GE introduced a refrigerator with a freezer compartment.
1947: The first commercial microwave oven was 5 feet tall, weighed 750 pounds and cost about $5,000.
1956: French engineer Marc Gregorie added a thin layer of Teflon to a frying pan and nonstick cookware was born.
1958: CorningWare cookware was introduced, made from the same material used for the nose cones of guided missiles.
1963: Sunbeam introduced a vertical rotisserie.
1973: The Cuisinart food processor was introduced.
1987: Panasonic introduced the bread machine to the United States.
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