When GE introduced their Monitor Top refrigerator in 1927, it quickly became one of their most popular appliances. Sixteen years earlier, GE had introduced the first residential refrigerator in the American market. Invented by French monk, Abbé Marcel Audiffren, this cool mechanical miracle had a price tag of $1,000.
The new Monitor Top was much more affordable, and in the late 1920s, the “most affordable” model had a price tag of $205.
Pretty good value – even in 1929.
The design was ingenious: The compressor (which became hot as it removed heat from the refrigerator’s interior) sat on top of the cabinet, so the heat naturally drifted up and away from the appliance.
The GE Monitor Top was made with good old American steel, and it was built to last. Eighty years after their original manufacture, these appliances still fetch a handsome price. Fully restored, a Monitor-Top Refrigerator can fetch $5,000 or more, and can live on indefinitely.
And where did the GE Monitor Top get its name? Any good Virginian should know the answer to this. It was named after the iron-clad Civil War ship, The Monitor. (Remember the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac in Hampton Roads?)
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