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Preserving Arvin

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Beginning in the mid-1940s and extending to the late-1950s, Noblitt-Sparks and Arvin published a monthly to bi-monthly company magazine that featured news about people, facilities, and products.  Several editions of these featured photos or stories about many housewares products.  Some of these can be seen below:

No well-equipped kitchen was without an Arvin clock radio (to the right are a couple images of a Model 957T set) complete with an appliance outlet on the back.  Simply plug your percolator in to the back of the radio and set the timer; and you could wake in the morning to freshly "perked" coffee!

We intend  to have a large online display of housewares products, advertising materials, and photographs.  To get you started, here are a few photos of some old (and very used) items.  When you consider that they were all manufactured in the 1940s and 1950s, they don't look all "that" used.  (And they all still work ... as of 2015!)

  • Tables & chairs
  • Irons
  • Ironing tables
  • Coffee percolators
  • Toasters
  • Waffle cooker / griddle combinations (some converted to dutch ovens or toaster ovens)
  • Utility carts
  • Hair dryers
  • Portable clothes dryers
  • And others...

Noblitt-Sparks and then Arvin ventured multiple times into the housewares area.


From furniture to appliances, the company catered an offering of items to the growing families and busy housewives of the 40s and the 50s.  Lineups included: