Kōrero: Industrial design

Speedee jugs poster

Speedee jugs poster

This New Zealand Railways poster from around 1950 advertises Speedee electrical jugs, made by the Christchurch firm H. C. Urlwin Ltd. The two jugs on the left are chromed copper. The one on the right is steel coated in pale green enamel, and was made under licence to Bulpitt & Son in Birmingham, UK. Bulpitt's brands included Swan electric elements and Judge enamelled cookware, and the enamelled jug bodies and lids were probably imported from the Judge plant. It seems that British customers preferred the kettle form, while New Zealanders accepted the jug.

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Reference: Eph-E-HOUSEHOLD-1950-01

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Michael Smythe, 'Industrial design - Protectionism, 1938 to 1988', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/ephemera/41843/speedee-jugs-poster (accessed 24 September 2019)

Story by Michael Smythe, published 22 Oct 2014