French Mid Century Refrigerator Vintage Poster for ‘Kelvinator’, 1960
Heureuse… avec son Kelvinator’
“Find Happiness with our Kelvinator!”
The bride holds a bouquet of colorful fruits & vegetables, while the groom (a white/silver Kelvinator Refrigerator dressed in a black top hat and bowtie) awaits his new wife.
She’s wearing a white veil with snowflakes, has a pink face, and reps blond/yellow hair. The wedding is held in front of a blue background.
Kelvinator, founded in 1914 in Detroit, MI, by the engineer Nathaniel B. Wales, was introduced as a practical electrical refrigerator for your new home. Wales, the young inventor secured backing from the secretary of Buick Automobile Company, and developed the first household refrigerator.
In 1916, the company changed their name to their current name after the British scientist Lord Kalvin, that discovered the ‘absolute zero’ temperature.
Over time, the company went thru many mergers, and in 1937, merged with Nash Automobiles and became a an American motor company. In WWII, the company was busy manufacturing military supplies.
In 1968, AMC (American Motor Company) sold Kalvinator, and it started the acquisition of many companies (Frigidaire, Westinghouse, Electolux, and others).
In 2005, Carrier sold the Kalvinator division to National Refrigeration.
The name Kalvinator is used by many corporations for different refrigeration products.
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