Dawn of Japanese Home Electric Appliances

The appliances shown here are at the dawn of domestic products and were manufactured by Shibaura Engineering Works (currently Toshiba) in the first year of the Showa Era. They are monuments that served as a starting point for absorbing and analyzing foreign technologies and starting domestic production. These appliances would end up bringing about drastic changes in people’s lives.

1) Electric Refrigerator Model SS-1200 (1930)
The model disseminated new food preservation methods of refrigeration and freezing.
2) Electric Washing Machine Model A (1930)
The machine was commercialized by fusing technologies of two companies in the United States. It was the only domestic model until 1952.
3) Electric Vacuum Cleaner Model VC-A (1931)

The appliance was modeled on products made in the United States. Serving as a model for products of other companies, the appliances were rapidly disseminated into general households.

On exhibition

Toshiba Science Museum

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1 min. on foot from Kawasaki Sta., JR Line

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