Friday, July 31, 2009

In the Nightmare Kitchen

You've never seen anything like it!

That's right. And I never want to see anything like it ever again. This is straight out of a Maurice Sendac nightmare, this - this thing watching you, eyes shifting right and left constantly, as you try to coordinate your dinner preparations.

And then, when you are completely stressed out, and all the pots are boiling over - his hat alarm goes off. B-R-R-I-N-G!!

Let's just hope he can't hop across the room and start giving you what-for like a mechanized Gordon Ramsey.

Another fabulously weird product from retro Chicago - ad from Billboard, April 11, 1953.

15 comments:

Tori Lennox said...

I always thought those animated cat clocks were kind of odd, but this one just plain creepy. And it's guaranteed for FIVE years! I'm betting people were hoping it died long before then.

Lidian said...

Tori - I know, five years seems like such a long time to have this thing watching your every move...I'd try and just get it out of the house, if someone gave it to me. I mean, I wouldn't even want it in a closet. Because I would know it was - watching...

beth said...

It's true...I never HAVE seen anything like it...and I WANT it!! He's so Fraahnch - love the little mustache. Does it wiggle up and down with the seconds?

and thanks for that mental image of a mechanized Gordon Ramsey *shudder*

Bill said...

The best part is, you can order a dozen at a time. That's three for every wall in most kitchens! You could even set them individually for different time zones across the globe, adding a real international flair to your home.

The "self-starting" feature sounds a bit ominous, though.

Eric said...

I can tell already that I'll have a nightmare tonight about this clock. Eyes back and forth for a while, but then abruptly stopping and fixed on me following around the room with an evil chef-like malevolence as it goes from mechanical to self aware and alive... Noooooo...

Lidian said...

beth - If you actually ever do find one of these - and I'll bet there are some around, they were mass-produced - i would love to see it! :)

Bill - The idea of 12 of these in one room is so horrifying I am going to have to go lie down with a cold compress.

Eric - So am I. And I'm surprised Alfred Hitchcock didn't use one as the star of a movie.

Amanda said...

That's about a 10 on the Creep-o-meter! I couldn't make it one day with it in my house, let alone 5 years. And I'm glad I've "never seen anything like it" and never hope to.

Curious about the "Dramatic Motion". Probably need an exterminator to deal with this monstrosity :)

A.Marie said...

Ooooohhh...creepy....I think that people were definitely a little different back then. They obviously didn't see the Creep-O factor in this!

Great post though. I always enjoy coming by and visiting! :)

Staci said...

I've always wanted the cat version of that clock--the black cat whose eyes and tail goes back and forth. The chef, however, is a little creepy. Kind of like the clock version of the Chucky doll from Child's Play.

Lidian said...

Amanda - I will have to remember the term Creep-o-meter, that is great - and right on the mark, too. I wouldn't be able to sleep with it in the house.

A-Marie - Iagree! And it is a pleasure to have you visit. A pleasure to write, too :)

Staci - This is Chucky's personal chef, I believe.

Amy said...

Let's hope his hat doesn't pop off and plunk into the pot of food.

Lidian said...

Amy - Wouldn't that be revolting! lol

David said...

Even as creepy as moving eyes are, the bow tie comes to life and slithers from side to side.

I don't think I ever saw an electric clock that is not self-starting. What's with that claim to fame?

Cheers

Lidian said...

David - I didn't even notice that bowtie! That makes it twice as creepy!

C. Beebe said...

Beleive it or not I have the clock and I am trying to get it repaired it has been in my family since 1953.My nephew remembers it in my parents house (his grandparents) and it would always scare him to death. Anybody knows where I can get it running again? Someone mentioned they do not make the motor anymore. I guess my five years are up!!!