The History of Blenders
The blender was the first motor-driven kitchen appliance.
Rufus M. Eastman was the first to patient a blender of any sort. This patent was made November 17, 1885 and stated that it could be powered by mechanical, water or electrical power.
Not many patents came after this until 1910, but most were issued between 1920 and 1930.
Main type of blender made in 1910.
In 1910 Fred Osius, L.H. Hamilton and Chester Beach started the Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Co.
Many blenders into the 1920's looked very similar.
The motor stood on a separate iron stand and was usually adjustable.
This company later invented the "Triple Milkshake Blender".
In 1922, Stephen Poplawski, from Racine, Wisconsin was the first to invent what is now sought of as a blender. He attached a spinning blade at the bottom of a container, which he used to make soda fountain drinks.
Waring, from the band, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, promoted these blenders to bartenders, for whipping frozen drinks.
One of the first milkshake blenders, made by Gilbert.
From 1920’s – 1930’s a lot of the mixers were made by the AC Gilbert Co. Many of these mixers looked very industrial and the motor stood on a separate iron stand, which was usually adjustable.
In the 1930's some mixers were smaller, had a glass-bottom and the motor was built into the lid.
In 1933, Fred Osius invented and patented the Miracle Mixer, By September 1937; he had a working model which the put on display at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. The price was $29.75.
Waring helped fund this projects development, so that he could puree raw vegetables for his ulcer diet.
In 1935 Fred Waring joined up with Frederick Osius and marketed the Waring Blendor.
Waring's 50th Anniversary Blender.
Dr. Jonas Salk used the Waring Blender when he was inventing the Polio Vaccine.
The Miracle Mixer’s name was changed to Waring Blendor, when the Waring Corporation it over in May 1938.
By World War II and into the 1950’s, a new mixer, which was mounted on a stand and had a bowl underneath, was replacing the glass-bottomed design. This new style had a more powerful motor and two gear-driven beaters.
Later version of the bowl mixer.
Regular blender from the 1950's.
In time the mounted mixers were taken over by an again smaller model, which was made up of a small plastic container with a handle.
The latest version of the container blender with a handle.
Soon came hand held mixers, which continually change with style, even today.
The see-through mixer; one of many of the latest designs.
There is a lot bigger blender selection today than when they were first invented. Different types of blenders available are the:
cook & stir blender...
and many more.
Among popular mixer companies were: Vidrio Products, Chicago Electric and Knapp Monarch.
In 1954 the millionth Waring Blendor was sold and they are still popular today.
The main reason blender technology has changed over the years is for practicality. At first they started off being used solely for mixing a drink in its cup and later advanced in use to be able to mix solid food in a fully enclosed container or large bowl. With the advancement in blender technology, the style evolved also. When inventors were able to improve the blender to new levels, they also begun to make them more attractive, like it belonged in a kitchen, rather than a shed. This was important to women, because they were the majority of consumers. The price of blenders has gone down in the present, now that the cost of experimentation with technology has been basically eliminated. The materials used have changed over the years. Like many things around this time, the blender started out being made of metal and later to plastic with its introduction.