Rival Crock Pot

Rival Crock Pot

In 1971 the Rival Company introduced the Crock-Pot, an electric cooker containing a removable glass or ceramic crock. By maintaining low temperatures, the Crock-pot cooked food slowly and could be left safely unattended for hours. The appliance quickly gained popularity in the 1970s, as more and more women were working outside the home. Before leaving for work, busy home cooks could start a meal in the crockpot, knowing they would return home to fully cooked food.
Pennsylvania residents Robert and Shirley Hunter received this Rival Crockpot as a Christmas gift from Shirley's mother Martha around 1974. Martha, a high school principal's secretary, found the appliance handy for starting dinner before she left for work in the morning. In the Hunter household Robert actually became the primary cook. His crockpot specialties included stews, sauerkraut with kielbasa, chicken and dumplings, pot roast with vegetables, and the family reunion hot dish, halushki, a traditional Polish dish of cabbage, onion, garlic, and noodles.
Object Name
crock pot
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Robert and Shirley Hunter
Food Culture
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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I have my mother's orange Rival Crock Pot. She got it for Christmas in the early to mid 70's. I still use it. Shame they don't make them like that anymore. I love it.
I remember as a little boy my grandma always had hers on. There was always something cooking in it, and I stood around forever waiting for it to be done. And now 40 years later it sits in my kitchen. I use it as much as my grandma did, but I realized I don't have to stand around it it will be done when I get home.
We got one of these in 1985 and it’s still going strong. Have a pot of baked beans cooking right now. It also came with a good little recipe booklet which I still use.
I got my avocado crockpot for my wedding shower in 1975. Right now it’s full of bubbling salsa chicken and the house smells great.
Does any one know what year Rivals Avocado coloured model 3300 came out?
It was likely at the Chicago’s National Housewares Show in 1971

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