MP-1990.32.165 | George R. Prowse gas/wood stove, Montreal, QC, about 1890

George R. Prowse gas/wood stove, Montreal, QC, about 1890
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1890, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Gelatin silver process
10 x 12 cm
Gift of Dr. Jacques Valiquette
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Some advancements by the technicians of the 19th century are not as spectacular as others, although they are still very inventive and contribute to improving the comforts of daily life so much in demand by the public.

Kitchens in hotels and other institutions need to be able to feed large numbers of people. An 1855 invention by the German chemist Robert W. Bunsen leads to an important breakthrough for chefs. Bunsen developed the burner named after him that provided a way to burn gas safely and to cook foods rapidly at high temperatures.

Source : Brand New and Wonderful: The Rise of Technology [Web tour], by Jacques G. Ruelland, Université de Montréal (see Links)

  • What

    This stove is fueled on the left side by natural gas and on the right side by wood. It allows for two types of cooking: quick cooking, on the left side, and slow cooking, on the right side.

  • Where

    Manufactured in Montreal by George R. Prowse, this stove is sold in general stores everywhere ... including in the United States.

  • When

    This bi-energy stove is introduced to the market in the 1870s.

  • Who

    This stove is a dream come true for a hotel chef ... or the mother of a large family!