On Time National Museum of American History

Marking Time
Synchronizing Time
Saving Time
  Time-Saving Kitchen
  Dr. Gilbreth's Kitchen
  Time Control
  Happy Hour

Saving Time 1920–1960

Americans became obsessed with using time efficiently.

The Time-Saving Kitchen

Refrigerator, Model T-7, about 1934
Refrigerator, Model T-7, about 1934; by General Electric Co., Schenectady, New York
Gift of Randy Sorenson and James Beckwith
In the 1930s, efficiency expert Lillian Gilbreth sought with varying success to save the modern homemaker time and wasted motion. Her design of the interior of this electric refrigerator put frequently used items like eggs in special containers up front, in easy reach. Later researchers studied the most efficient ways of transferring eggs into those containers.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History