'Monitor Top', electric compresion domestic refrigerator, 1934.
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Christian Steenstrup (1873-1955) of General Electric was responsible for the widespread introduction of domestic refrigeration when, in 1927, he designed the first all-steel refrigerator with a hermetically-sealed compresor mounted in a circular unit on top. The 14 cubic-foot refrigerator sold for 525 dollars in the United States, half the price of its competitors, and made General Electric the industry leader by 1930. This model was made by BTH (General Electric) in 1934 and supplied by the International Refrigerator Company of London.