See Also: Refrigerator Tips; Refrigerator Odors
In 2013, 99.2% of U.S. households had a refrigerator and 35.8% had a stand-alone freezer.
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, Florida invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851.
Electric refrigerators were first sold to American housewives in 1916, at a cost of $900.
In 1932 refrigerators were in 20% of American households, by 1938 they were in 50% of houselholds.
In 1949 the first self defrosting refrigerators went on sale in the U.S.
In 1956, 80% of all U.S. households had a refrigerator, but only 8% of British households had one.
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