K-Tel Burger Matic

Description

An injection moulded, acrylic (polymethyl methacrylate, PMMA) K-Tel Burger Matic. Makes up to 8 burgers quickly and easily: a reusable HDPE (high density polyethylene) disc is placed in the tube, followed by the burger mixture with another disc put in on top of that. The plunger is then inserted to press the food into a uniform burger shape before the whole process is repeated, stacking one burger on top of another. The plunger handle can then be used to remove the burgers by insertion at the bottom of the tube and pressing upwards. Designed to be convenient and hygenic as hands did not need to touch the food, this example is complete with its original box (includes the slogan 'as advertised on TV') and dates to 1976. Originally released as the Patti-Chef in 1960s America at a time when pre-processed foods were not as widely available as they are today, the invention came over to the UK a decade later. K-Tel was founded by Canadian, Philip Kives (1929 - 2016), the 'K' stood for Kives, the 'Tel' being an abbreviation of television. He was a pioneer of direct television marketing and wrote and directed his own commercials to sell K-Tel products (also refer AIBDC : 004662). K-Tel records was launched in 1965 releasing compilation albums from all muscial genres (refer AIBDC : 001370).
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Inscriptions

moulded: "L Mark Industries Inc St Paul Minn US Patent No 3,609,799 Made in USA" (internal surface of base and edge of plunger)

Object number

AIBDC : 008700

Date

1976

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Method

burger matic
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Dimensions
Height
185mm
Diameter
110mm

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