3′ x 3′ Glue, Paper and Masonite

The world of birthday cakes changed with this unique mixer and a prized appliance in anyone’s kitchen.

The idea of a stand mixer was formulated by Herbert Johnson, an engineer working at the Hobart Corporation. He had been inspired after seeing a baker mix dough, and thought that there must be a better way of doing the task. The first machine to carry the KitchenAid name was the ten-quart C-10 model, introduced in 1918 and built at Hobart’s Troy Metal Products subsidiary in Springfield, Ohio. Prototype models were given to the wives of factory executives, and the product was named when one stated “I don’t care what you call it, but I know it’s the best kitchen aid I’ve ever had!” They were initially marketed at the farmhouse kitchen and were available in hardware stores.

Of course I (my wife) also own one and it takes a special spot in our (her) kitchen.


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