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TitleElectric Mixer
Object NamePortable Electric Mixer (Osterett)
Manufactured ByJohn Oster Manufacturing Company (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
DescriptionWhite plastic casing containing motorized electric parts. "Powerful, Portable, Electric Mixer" is in original packaging with instructions. Designed by Alfonso Iannelli (1888-1965), this portable mixer allowed the 1950s housewife to cook up storm anywhere in the kitchen, from the stove to the breakfast table. The Osterett was the smallest and simplest design of several Oster’s portable mixers, which had first been introduced in the mid-1930s. The Osterett used more plastic and thus weighed much less (only 2 pounds) than its predecessors. According to David Hanks and Anne Hoy, “Its bullet-shaped body echoes the simplest form of a high-speed train engine, emphasized by the raised horizontal band around the middle and the vertical perforated lines at the end. In place of a train searchlight , a Phillips head screw secures the two halves, and the script lettering “Osterett” is placed were a train name would be.” Iannelli was an established designer. He designed sculpture for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midway Gardens (1913-14) and while he continued to work as a sculptor, he was also busy as industrial designer, notably for Sunbeam, from the 1920s on. See: David A. Hanks and Anne Hoy, American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow (Paris: Flammarion, 2005), pp.135-137, 254)
Date Manufactured1951 (patent), 1952 (introduced)
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2009_079.057
DonorGift of Lawrence J. Broutman
Broad SubjectKitchenware
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