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Sunkist® Juicit® Electric Juicer

Sunkist® Juicit® Electric Juicer

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Description
Electric juicer.
Cylindrical steel body/base (A), electric motor and components encased inside. Chrome-plated stand and top, mid-section painted white with circular metal tag attached, printed in cream and orange: “CAT. NO. 2700/APPROVED BY Sunkist ®/Juicit ®/A HANDY HOT PRODUCT”. Bottom is hollow to allow heat venting, has spots for three black rubber feet (two are missing). Top has molded spout, metal rod attachment for glass juicing attachment (B) to sit. Silver On/Off switch in back. Black rubber power chord with two-prong plug attached in back. Yellow paper “Underwriters laboratories” tag attached to cord.
Top of cylinder is stamped: ”Handyhot/CAT. NO. 2700 UL/ALTERNATING CURRENT ONLY/PAT. NO. 1,962,856/CHICAGO ELECTRIC MFG. COMPANY/MADE IN U.S.A.”; also stamped “OIL” near oil opening at center top.
B. Molded glass juicing receptacle, white, with spout and raised hole in center; fits on top of body (A).
C. Molded metal strainer, flat, to be placed inside juicing receptacle (B). Holes throughout, three feet on bottom, which is stamped: “6/THIS SIDE DOWN”.
D. Molded cone-shaped juice reamer, white porcelain. Sits on top of raised hole in center of (B).
Patent US 1962856 A, June 12, 1934, B. A. BENSON, assignor to Chicago Electric Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Illinois, for “Orange juice extractor”
Maker is Chicago Electric Manufacturing Company (Mary Dunbar), (circa 1902-1953, when the Silex Corporation acquired the company). The Company’s products (a range of household appliances including waffle irons, grills, toasters, even an ice cream freezer) carry the “Handyhot”, “Victory Brand”, “Mary Dunbar”, and “Handymix” labels.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
juicer
date made
1934-1940
maker
Chicago Electric Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
plastic (base material)
steel (base material)
glass (receptacle material)
metal (strainer material)
porcelain (reamer material)
rubber (cord material)
plastic (cord material)
Measurements
overall: 9 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 5 3/8 in; 23.495 cm x 16.51 cm x 13.6525 cm
ID Number
1988.0747.2
accession number
1988.0747
catalog number
1988.0747.2
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I still use my parent's which has a 1943 patent, the same as my birth year...we both take a lickin and keep on tickin. Works better than new ones I've tried. My Dad replaced the power cord and switch and I also replaced the switch.
I just used mine! My grampa gave it to me. Best juicer around! :)
We have had a very similar one of these, complete with the porcelain juicing components, for years. My wife (born 1955) says it was in her family's kitchen when she was a child, and may have belonged to her grandparents. Although the catalog number is the same, the patent number reads 1,962,856 (no 'A'), and ours differs from the model shown in that the Sunkist Juicit label is decaled onto the body, rather than a separate plate, and the molded metal strainer -- if there ever was one -- is missing. It works as well as it ever did.
I have the exact same juicer including the two missing rubber feet. I was born in 1953 and this juicer has been around as long as I can remember. I still use it and love it both for its utility as well as its sentimentality to my childhood.

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