Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album

About this collection

    Kelvinator was founded in Detroit in 1916 after previously operating as the Electro-Automatic Refrigerating Company. Nathaniel B. Wales (1883-1974) was the founding engineer, and he had been developing home refrigeration units. He received financial backing from automobile executive Arnold H. Goss. The company name was an ode to the British physicist who developed the absolute temperature scale that also bears his name, Lord Kelvin.
    By 1923, Kelvinator controlled 80% of the electric refrigerator market. In the 1920s, Kelvinator acquired both Leonard Refrigerator Company and Nizer Corporation. In 1937, it merged with Nash Motor Company and became a division of Nash-Kelvinator. The company expanded into other household appliances like hot water heaters, room air conditioners, and electric ranges. In 1968, Kelvinator was purchased by White Consolidated Industries, which in turn was purchased by A. B. Electrolux in 1986.
    This album appears to be a wholesaler's catalog showing sketched illustrations of the exteriors and interiors of Kelvinator refrigerator models in the D, S, and U series; three of the prints show only compressors and motors. No price list or text is included.
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    Image: Model AA, circa 1930. Click here to view this item in the collection.

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Model U4P and Model U4E
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model U5P
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model U7P
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Models U7P, U5P, And Model U4P AND Model U4E
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model S4
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model S5
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model S7
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model S9
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Models S5, S4, S9, and S7
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model D6
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model D8
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model D11
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model D14
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model D22
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Models D11, D14, D22, D8, and D6
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Models 8, 10, 15, 20, and 30
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model AA
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Model AS
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Kelvinator Corporation electric refrigerators album (Accession 1997.229), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807