One assumes that when the General of Electric built it, he might have tried using it. One assumes the General might take pride in his creations instead of just foisting them on an unsuspecting public. -Leopold, “Kate & Leopold”

Only one reader, Neal, my cousin and next door neighbor due south, proposed a name for my recent vintage purchase – the 1949 GE Space Maker Refrigerator.  Actually Neal was the vehicle through which the two suggestions were made from his household.  His wife and school mate of mine, Brenda, proposed “Bessie” as in that’s where you get your milk from (the frig). Bessie is a common or stereotypical name for cows, from whence milk doth come.

Neal’s brother, Donnie (another cousin), upon listening to the reading of the blog proposed “Cleo” (my grandmother’s name) “cause you could always get a treat when ya visited her”.  Tis true.  No child left Grandmother’s house without a homemade tea cake, vanilla wafer or bag of miniature marshmallows, usually the tri-color varity.

Cleo is a given name that is short for Cleopatra or Cleophalus and an alternate spelling of Clio. It is a Greek prefix often translated to mean ‘pride’, ‘fame’ or ‘glory’. (Wikipedia).  Grandmother (Cleo) was one of eight children and her parents were so busy they didn’t have time to think up a middle name for her.  She was simply, Cleo.  However, she was the pride of her father and often spoke of helping “Poppa” in the fields.

Cleo may well be a good name for the old frig. Will have to get her cleaned up and moved in and see if the name fits.

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