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Lot #    12983
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 10:46:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ness-Gas
Title (Hebrew)    πρ-βρ
Author    [Only Ed.]
City    Tel Aviv
Publisher    M. Linkov
Publication Date    c. 1930
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Orange sheet of paper, 314:232 mm., a picture of the Ness-Gas petroleum hearth in the center of the top of the page, creased on folds.
   This page is divided into three columns with the same information in German, English, and Hebrew in each of the three columns. The page describes a new invention, called the Ness-Gas, which is a petroleum hearth for cooking. The distributors are offering it free of charge [as a trial, one presumes] so that the housekeeper will discover the safe, clean, odorless new way of cooking. Moreover, the fact that it is a locally produced product is stressed. The new device has patent # 1484 [a fairly low number].

Israelis have always considered gas to outshine electricity for cooking and electricity superior to gas for baking, though this was often disastrous during the early years of frequent power failures. Others had electric wonder pots and/or grills, often occupying a place of honor in the living room while in use. Burners and oven put together did not reach most Israel households until the late '70's or even later.

After the primus period, Israeli cooking methods improved along with the economy. One by one, housewives moved to cooking on gas top-burners. Ovens were a rarity, and cakes were baked on top of the burners in a wonder pot. Some had their 2-3 gas burner contraption sitting atop a small electric oven, or vice versa, a small enamel box with a shelf that sat over the gas burner and served as an oven.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, English, German
Manuscript Type
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