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The Big Guns

These two men, Charles Nash and George Mason left their mark on both the refrigeration industry and the automotive industry.  Nash was orphaned at the young age of 6 and sent off to Michigan to serve as an indentured servant until the age of 21. He ran away from [...]

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The First Absorption Refrigerator

With an imaginative mind and a flair for invention, Carl Munters showed promise at a early age. After finishing school at the Norra Real Upper Secondary School in Stockholm, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps to pursue a career in engineering, beginning at the Royal Institute of [...]

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Willis Carrier – Father of Air Conditioning

Willis Carrier is known as the Father of Air Conditioning. He also invented the psychrometric chart. It was a result of his research studying the effects of heat and humidity on heat and cooling comfort. Carrier was renowned for his great powers of concentration. The late Ed Bottum of Refrigeration [...]

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The Grunow Refrigerator

Although we take it for granted today, in the early days of household refrigerators, many people were uncomfortable with the idea of sleeping under the same roof as a machine operating with a gas under high pressure. There was some concern about possible explosions or toxic gas leaks of [...]

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The Savage Arms Compressor

Arthur Savage led a life worthy of an epic adventure novel. He was born in Jamaica, West Indies where his devoutly religious father educated newly freed slaves. When the political structure became unstable, he was sent with his mother to Britain where he received a classical education and missionary [...]

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The Dumbbell

A French monk in response to the need for more reliable cooling at wineries invented a hermetically sealed system which later became the model for the first hermetic systems used for household refrigerators by General Electric, Frigidaire and other manufacturers. Abbe Audiffren taught Physics at the Seminary and he [...]

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The General Electric Monitor Top Refrigerator

Clark Orr, a GE senior engineer at the GE Center for Innovation in Schenectady, NY, borrowed  from the Audiffren Dumbbell refrigerating machine which GE manufactured in Fort Wayne, IN to develop the first hermetically sealed household refrigerating machine. Encouraged by Walter Goll and P.C. Morganthaler, the Fort Wayne Works [...]

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The Shelvador Refrigerator

In the early 1930’s a young inventor presented his idea for adding shelves to the door of a refrigerator cabinet to all the leading manufacturers of the day. They unanimously rejected the idea as crude and tacky all except one company. Powell Crosley of the Crosley Corporation listened to [...]

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