'Kingsway' New World gas cooker, c 1935.
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Made by Fletcher, Rusell and Co (Radiation Ltd) of Warrington in Lancashire, and in use until 1973. All-enamelled cooker in fashion colours of cream and royal blue with a thermostatically controlled oven, grill, four hot plate burners and plate rack. This era, up to the end of World War II, produced the most solid and reliable cookers, well-built and easy to use. These were followed in the late 1940s by les durable cookers of light enamelled steel sheets on metal frameworks.