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My Westinghouse Collection

My Westinghouse Collection

My Westinghouse Collection

My father graduated in June, 1942, from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Through the University placement services he obtained a job with Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. It had only been six months since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and our country entered into World War II.  Thousands of young men were being drafted into the military. Westinghouse, however, obtained draft deferments for their new engineers, including my father.  Westinghouse obtained huge contracts from the government for war-related defense work. 

My mother and father married on June 12, 1942 and following their wedding in Texas they rode a bus to their new home and job in Pittsburg.  My father studied and worked in several assignments during the war.  In 1945 at war’s end Westinghouse assigned my father to the Atlanta, Georgia office.  He remained in his job at the Atlanta office for 39 years, until his death in 1981. 

During these years you could definitely say we were a Westinghouse family … every electric appliance and device we owned bore the Westinghouse name.  One great advantage to being a Westinghouse family was enjoying a very early TV in 1952. We also had a Westinghouse wringer washing machine that rolled to the kitchen sink and had hoses that attached to the water faucets.  The washer had to be refilled with clean rinse water and then each piece of laundry was fed through the wringers and was finally  hung outside on a clothes line. 

My mother had a Free-Westinghouse electric sewing machine.  I learned to sew first by hand stitching but graduated to machine stitching by second or third grade.  By the fifth grade I made my own Easter dress on that faithful sewing machine.  I modeled that dress in a 4-H fashion show and sewing contest; I won first prize.  The machine had a buttonholer in a blue velvety box; I still remember the feel of that box.  During those years our Christmas tree lights were strings of Westinghouse large flame shaped electric bulbs.

 During their marriage my parents only owned two homes.  Their first house was built in 1955 and had some real innovations of the day including a stacking washer and dryer (formerly clothes had to be hung outside to dry) and a dishwasher, a marvelous invention.  We had a table top radio/phonograph that almost looked like the front of an automobile.  When transistor radios became reality, my father seemed to have one of every type.  Of course, we had a Westinghouse stove and refrigerator.

We had quite a few smaller Westinghouse products including some that were almost laughable. One electric gadget was called the Dog-A-Matic.  This appliance was a box that opened to a metal grid of nail-like prongs that six hot dogs could be attached to. When plugged in, the prongs heated up and cooked the hot dogs.  Another gadget, the Baconer, had two sides that opened up to expose a metal central section that six slices of bacon could be laid over.  When the sides were closed and the appliance was turned on the bacon cooked perfectly.  We also had a coffee maker, a waffle iron, and a clothes iron … all Westinghouse brand.

In their second home, built in 1973, we had all Westinghouse appliances.  Radios and televisions were very important links to news and current events.  Our models of televisions advanced through the years. 

Probably like every large company, Westinghouse had many items that bore the Westinghouse name and logo that employees received.  Much of my collection is made up of items that belonged to my Dad. After my mother’s death many of my father’s Westinghouse items were passed on down to my brother and his son.  Among those items were numerous service pins representing up to 35 years of employment. There were various tie clips, pen and pencil sets, golf balls, a lighter, a slide rule, and a hard hat.

Because of this Westinghouse history, I have been drawn to any item with the Westinghouse logo, especially the kitchen items and a collection was born.

My pencil and pen collection.  All these pens and pencils were used at our house except for the two marbleized pencils that I collected.

My pencil and pen collection.  All these pens and pencils were used at our house except for the two marbleized pencils that I collected.

This was my Dad's favorite pencil ... countless math homework problems that he helped me do using that pencil.  My sister now owns that pencil.

This was my Dad's favorite pencil ... countless math homework problems that he helped me do using that pencil.  My sister now owns that pencil.

After much searching I was able to collect this pencil and now I have one too!

After much searching I was able to collect this pencil and now I have one too!

The two larger portfolios belonged to my dad and I collected the smallest one.  I use these often.

The two larger portfolios belonged to my dad and I collected the smallest one.  I use these often.

A briefcase like folder ... been used many times to store important papers

A briefcase like folder ... been used many times to store important papers

Slide rule, tape measure, and employee badge belonging to my dad

Slide rule, tape measure, and employee badge belonging to my dad

Westinghouse slide rule

Westinghouse slide rule

These diaries were full of interesting data, maps and pages for notes and appointments.  Every year Dad gave me one or two to share with my high school science and math teachers ... my chemistry teacher especially liked his.  I collected these two.

These diaries were full of interesting data, maps and pages for notes and appointments.  Every year Dad gave me one or two to share with my high school science and math teachers ... my chemistry teacher especially liked his.  I collected these two.

A caliper that belonged to my dad

A caliper that belonged to my dad

A leather change purse and key chain that I collected

A leather change purse and key chain that I collected

Dad's Westinghouse mug

Dad's Westinghouse mug

Reverse side of Dad's mug

Reverse side of Dad's mug

I collected these two mugs.  

I collected these two mugs.  

Buttons I have collected

Buttons I have collected

Westinghouse stationery and my dad's business cards

Westinghouse stationery and my dad's business cards

1969 Westinghouse diary collected by my daughter Lisa

1969 Westinghouse diary collected by my daughter Lisa

Vintage 1922 Westinghouse Ladies Home Journal magazine ad

Vintage 1922 Westinghouse Ladies Home Journal magazine ad

Vintage 1945 Westinghouse magazine ad

Vintage 1945 Westinghouse magazine ad

1922 Westinghouse waffle maker booklet ... really great illustration

1922 Westinghouse waffle maker booklet ... really great illustration

One of the first Westinghouse things I collected were appliance booklets ... they had such interesting graphics.  This is a 1934 refrigerator booklet.

One of the first Westinghouse things I collected were appliance booklets ... they had such interesting graphics.  This is a 1934 refrigerator booklet.

1944 home laundering guide

1944 home laundering guide

1948 Westinghouse electric range booklet

1948 Westinghouse electric range booklet

1948 Westinghouse refrigerator booklet ... love the illustration

1948 Westinghouse refrigerator booklet ... love the illustration

Reverse of the 1948 refrigerator booklet

Reverse of the 1948 refrigerator booklet

1949 Westinghouse electric range booklet.  You can tell a lot about the popular foods of an era in booklets like this.

1949 Westinghouse electric range booklet.  You can tell a lot about the popular foods of an era in booklets like this.

1954 Westinghouse electric range booklet

1954 Westinghouse electric range booklet

Interesting array of current Westinghouse appliances on the back of the 1954 range booklet

Interesting array of current Westinghouse appliances on the back of the 1954 range booklet

1957 Westinghouse booklet with special electrical information for the girls!

1957 Westinghouse booklet with special electrical information for the girls!

An undated Westinghouse food mixer booklet

An undated Westinghouse food mixer booklet

An undated Westinghouse refrigerator booklet

An undated Westinghouse refrigerator booklet

Guide to Better Foods ... undated care and use refrigerator booklet ... late 1940s or early 1950s

Guide to Better Foods ... undated care and use refrigerator booklet ... late 1940s or early 1950s

Pages from Guide to Better Foods

Pages from Guide to Better Foods

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice, 1951 ... a cute how to cook booklet for children, boys and girls

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice, 1951 ... a cute how to cook booklet for children, boys and girls

A recipe from Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

A recipe from Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

Westinghouse Christmas Cookie Cookbook, undated

Westinghouse Christmas Cookie Cookbook, undated

My two collected Betty Furness Westinghouse cookbooks ... amazingly my mother did not have one of these cookbooks.  The books were printed in 1954 and both are first editions.  Also pictured are two blue and yellow Westinghouse refrigerator dishes that came with the purchase of a refrigerator.  These were collected.

My two collected Betty Furness Westinghouse cookbooks ... amazingly my mother did not have one of these cookbooks.  The books were printed in 1954 and both are first editions.  Also pictured are two blue and yellow Westinghouse refrigerator dishes that came with the purchase of a refrigerator.  These were collected.

My two refrigerator dishes ... Westinghouse logo on large lid

My two refrigerator dishes ... Westinghouse logo on large lid

The refrigerator dishes have yellow interiors

The refrigerator dishes have yellow interiors

Westinghouse mark on the bottom of small refrigerator dish ... made by Hall China

Westinghouse mark on the bottom of small refrigerator dish ... made by Hall China

A fun collectible pot holder that no doubt came with a new Westinghouse electric range

A fun collectible pot holder that no doubt came with a new Westinghouse electric range

The Westinghouse logo on the other side of the pot holder

The Westinghouse logo on the other side of the pot holder

One of my favorite Westinghouse collectibles ... plastic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a washer and dryer

One of my favorite Westinghouse collectibles ... plastic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a washer and dryer

Couldn't resist these pink Westinghouse shakers to give to Laurie ... she loves pink

Couldn't resist these pink Westinghouse shakers to give to Laurie ... she loves pink

I was excited when I found this cute Westinghouse stove recipe box

I was excited when I found this cute Westinghouse stove recipe box

Inside the recipe box were all the original cards!  Maybe I'll find a pink one some day.

Inside the recipe box were all the original cards!  Maybe I'll find a pink one some day.

A colorful set of aluminum Westinghouse coasters that evidently came with a new refrigerator. Almost everyone had a set of tall skinny aluminum drink glasses in the 1950s.

A colorful set of aluminum Westinghouse coasters that evidently came with a new refrigerator. Almost everyone had a set of tall skinny aluminum drink glasses in the 1950s.

A book of songs from a radio show sponsored by Westinghouse.  They also sponsored a number of early TV shows.

A book of songs from a radio show sponsored by Westinghouse.  They also sponsored a number of early TV shows.

A set of Westinghouse thermometers for the kitchen

A set of Westinghouse thermometers for the kitchen

Westinghouse calendars that were used by my family.  I also have 1964 and 1967.  These calendars featured sketches of famous scientists along with their biographies. Almost as fun as learning about the scientists is reading the daily activities written on the days.

Westinghouse calendars that were used by my family.  I also have 1964 and 1967.  These calendars featured sketches of famous scientists along with their biographies. Almost as fun as learning about the scientists is reading the daily activities written on the days.

Three sketches from the 1964 calendar ... great for use by a school teacher.

Three sketches from the 1964 calendar ... great for use by a school teacher.

A large hardback version of the Westinghouse Cookbook published in 1954.  Mine is a first printing.  Betty Furness was the spokesperson for Westinghouse in print ads, on the radio and on television.

A large hardback version of the Westinghouse Cookbook published in 1954.  Mine is a first printing.  Betty Furness was the spokesperson for Westinghouse in print ads, on the radio and on television.

A glass Westinghouse loaf baking dish with lid

A glass Westinghouse loaf baking dish with lid

The Westinghouse logo on the glass loaf dish ... there is a small logo on the handle of the lid

The Westinghouse logo on the glass loaf dish ... there is a small logo on the handle of the lid

My Cookie Cutter Collection

My Cookie Cutter Collection

Easter

Easter