What was the price of the first commercial microwave oven sold by the Raytheon Company in 1950?
#111679. Asked by 29CoveRoad. (Dec 23 09 2:34 PM)
Got this for 1947...|
At last, in 1947, the first commercial microwave oven hit the market. These primitive units where gigantic and enormously expensive, standing 5 1/2 feet tall, weighing over 750 pounds, and costing about $5000 each. The magnetron tube had to be water-cooled, so plumbing installations were also required.
By the early 1950s, domestic appliance makers began showing interest in the microwave. Lacking the distribution and marketing infrastructure to promote and sell the product on its own, Raytheon entered into a licensing agreement with Tappan Stove Company in 1952. In 1955, Tappan introduced the first domestic microwave oven, which featured a more compact but less powerful microwave generating system. With a price tag of approximately $1,300, these domestic models fared only modestly.
Now I have to cook our own supper - not in a microwave!
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