Good news: Suzy’s midcentury house included a bathroom with a Nutone recessed fold-down bathroom scale. Bad news: It was all pitted and icky from exposure to moisture and who know what else over the years. Happy ending: Suzy used Liquid Stainless Steel to repaint the piece, inside and out — and it looks great! Heck yeah there is more →
Voila: Get all four in one in this >> Nutone Concealed Bathroom Scale — New Old Stock << that I spotted for sale on ebay. Affiliate link earns me a wee commission if someone clicks and buys. Who’s in the market? Let’s take a look at all the photos, which the seller gave me permission to feature and archive. Note, the seller said, “It was found in the garage of an estate in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.” >>
Need or want a true vintage metal exhaust fan cover? They don’t make ’em anymore, but sometimes they come up on ebay — like in this nice stash of New Old Stock, in two sizes. What a pretty picture all that NOS makes! Disclosure: Linky-loos earn me a wee commission if ya buy; cha-ching goes into the law school fund. Here are the links to the listings:
We consider ourselves connoisseurs o’ the vintage Nutone — such an inventive company! — so we were super excited to see this New Old Stock treasure pop up for sale on ebay: a 1967 Nutone Intruder/Fire Alarm System (model s 150), mint in box (listing bel0w. It include instructions, mounting hardware, warning light, push buttons, wiring, heat detectors and the control system — and of course, terrific graphics on the packaging. It may not be the latest home security technology, but what a wonderful collector’s piece.
Every week I seem to be getting a new message from a reader — someone who has just made an offer on, or bought a 1950s 0f 1960s house — all excited that there is one of these in the bathroom: A Hall-Mack Concealed Scale. I’ve spotted these fold down bathroom scales and written about them several times, but to help these readers, I thought I’d do this stand-alone story so they can get right to it.
Yikes, this Aztec radiant wall heater is so cool. I mean, so hot. Classic 70s — a ‘poster’ covering a wall heater… “The beautiful, money-saving answer to your energy crisis.’ Has anyone ever seen one of these in the wild before? I am so tempted to buy this, for my chilly basement computer cave. But I’m feeling tapped out after the holidays…. Hey, if someone here does snatch it up — be sure to have the wiring checked by a licensed professional; just because vintage is New Old Stock does not mean it’s ready to plug in. And: lord knows what’s in that heat-resistant ‘poster’ material — I would get that tested, too, before firing up the heater; you do not want a hazmat toxic event in your house! Be Safe. Also in this carousel — a NOS Nutone hideaway record player and 10 NOS flower power lunchboxes. Great vintage stuff continues to flow out of attics, basements and closets all over the USA. Seems like the hoarding impulse is… timeless.
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Lookie, I found another Sold Aztec wall heater on etsy; this listing says that’s astronaut Wally Shira on the box:
I’ve tagged this post under “woddities” because of the Aztec Radiant Heater — and the hideaway record player, too. More designs shown, too!
For posterity, here’s the writeup on the wall heater on ebay:
NEW IN ORIGINAL BOX 1970’S AZTEC RADIANT HEATER
LION WALL PICTURE MODEL 616
HOLY SHITE! I NEVER SAW ONE OF THESE BEFORE IT IS SUPER COOL (HOT). IT IS A RADIANT HEATER YOU HANG ON THE WALL YET IT LOOKS LIKE A PICTURE – SUPER SEVENTIES MODERN STYLE. AZTEC INTERNATIONAL PREVIOUSLY MADE RADIANT HEATERS FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE THAT WERE PERMANENTLY INTEGRATED INTO THE CEILING OR WALLS THAT WERE CONTROLLED VIA THERMOSTATS AND WERE THE MAIN SOURCE OF HEAT. THEY ALSO OFFERED DECORATIVE HEATERS SUCH AS THIS ONE AS WELL AS OTHER ARTWORK, SIZES, MODELS, AND PORTABLE HEATERS AS WELL. THIS ONE STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL PRICE TAG FROM CHANNEL LUMBER ATTACHED WHICH IT WAS SOLD AT THAT TIME FOR $69.95 QUITE EXPENSIVE FOR THAT TIME. THIS IS A CLASSIC AND WILL BECOME A FOCAL POINT OF ANY ROOM AND WILL GO WITH MOST FUNKY DESIGNS FROM MCM, SPACE AGE, EAMES, AND ALL VINTAGE MODERN DECOR. DO NOT LET THIS ONE PASS YOU, I AM CERTAIN YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER ONE LIKE IT IN THIS CONDITION!
DETAILS: THIS IS A PICTURE MODEL WALL HEATER WITH 750 WATTS, MODEL 616 LION. THE HEATER ELEMENT USES 110V GROUNDED 3 PRONG PLUG AND SHOULD BE HUNG USING A MINIMUM 30LB PICTURE HOOK FIRMLY IMPLANTED IN A WALL STUD TO SUPPORT THIS HEATER. THE HEATER DOES HAVE AN EXTERNAL ON/OFF SWITCH SO IT CAN BE LEFT PLUGGED IN AT ALL TIMES. THE BOX WAS OPENED HOWEVER I DO NOT THINK IT WAS EVER REMOVED. AS I REMOVED IT FOR PICTURES IT SEEMED THAT I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO DO SO. THE PROTECTIVE PAPER AND PACKING WAS STILL ATTACHED AND THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARRENTY CARD ARE STILL PRESENT. I PLACED ALL PACKING MATERIAL EXACTLY THE WAY IT WAS AND PUT THE HEATER BACK INTO THE BOX AFTER PHOTOGRAPHING.
CONDITION: THE HEATER IS AS IT WAS WHEN NEW AND HAS NOT BEEN PLUGGED IN. ALL INTERNAL PACKING DOES NOT SHOW ANY DAMAGE AND ALL PAINT ON THE HEATER IS PERFECT WITH NO DISCOLORATION. THE OUTSIDE BOX HAS ALL ORIGINAL LABELS AND ADVERTISING AS WELL AS THE ORIGINAL PRICE TAG FROM CHANNEL LUMBER COMPANY. THE OUTSIDE PACKING BOX DOES HAVE A FEW TEARS AND WEAR FROM STORAGE HOWEVER IS STILL IN GOOD SHAPE OTHERWISE. PLEASE VIEW ALL PHOTOS TO SEE CONDITION AND ASK ANY QUESTIONS.
DIMENSIONS: THE HEATER IS 24 INCHES BY 36 INCHES AND IS ~1-5/8 INCH THICK.
This NuTone model #9093WH Heat Vent-a-Lite has a retro look, what with the white powder coated grille. I think the idea is to use this in small spaces that need a little extra space heating… like a basement bathroom. The write up actually indicates four functions (if I am reading it correctly): Light, nightlight, ventilation fan or fan-forced heater. These can be controlled via a wall switch with separate on/off controls for all four functions… Or, it may be used with any standard in-line thermostat to control the heat cycle. I can’t speak to the quality — things don’t seem to be made like they used to — but if you have a bathroom you need to warm up fast in the a.m., this might be a solution worth looking into. Remember — I have another post that identifies kitchen ventilation fans – two models that both look quite spiffy. This Nutone #9093WH looks to be widely available at big box retailers or even Amazon.
THE 1964 SPLIT-LEVEL TIME CAPSULE first shown yesterday also had two great bathrooms. The full bath upstairs is a beautiful robin’s egg blue, all 4×4″ field tiles, with cheerful flowery liner tiles. There is a separate bathtub and the shower. The shower door is a true classic, and notice the terrazzo floor pan, the light, and the tile on the diagonal on the ceiling.
And there’s more: A laundry chute built into a storage cubby… and the fold-down Hall-Mack scale holder below. The laminate countertop on the dual vanity is surely GE Textolite, from the “Twilight” series . And, the owner’s daughter told me that the Nutone exhaust fan/light also had a built-humidistat that turned the fan on and off automatically when the room became too humid. Finally, there was a hidden door to the master suite, along with a door to the hall. This might have been the best bathroom ever in this history of the retro-universe. Again – not pretentious, but so well considered and well built. Click through for the slide show – 15 images in all. Heck yeah there is more →
If you are renovating your bathroom and want to add an exhaust fan — consider this minimalistic, recessed fan/light combo from NuTone/Broan. When I updated my bathrooms, I added a light/fan combination above each tub. It’s really nice to have light directly in that area, and the fan works just fine from that location as the bathrooms are quite small. Heck yeah there is more →
I am in love with this NuTone Deluxe Ironing Center – with a plug, a light and a swiveling ironing board built right in. Just like a mid century housewife, I love any kind of recessed appliance. They are so handy to have if you are working in a small space. This model also has the ability to use a mirrored door, so you could even put it in your bedroom. At my house, I iron in the mudroom, I wish I had installed one there so I didn’t have to lug the humongous ironing board out every time. Nutone Ironing Centers