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The Range That Cooks "with the gas turned

This page is always subject to improvement. Date of last revision: November 29, 2007

This page is dedicated to the history of the CHAMBERS CORPORATION. Here, you will find scans of historical figures, products, and events related to the CHAMBERS ranges.

Here is Mr. John E. Chambers, who started CHAMBERS in Shelbyville, Indiana in 1912 -

John Chambers

Here is Mr. Chambers at a  Rotary Club cookout in his back yard. Note the OGA-4 "In-A'Wall" Ovens in the background -

John Chambers @ A Home Cookout

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

A letter from Mr. Chambers detailing the philosophy behind the CHAMBERS products -

Chambers Policy Letter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Property of Karen Bruner

(Notice how similar Mr. Chambers' signature resembles the CHAMBERS logo.)

    Here is Miss Alma Chambers in the 1930's doing what she did best - traveling the country demonstrating the unsurpassed features of the CHAMBERS products at her Cooking Schools - notice her dad, John Chambers, watching from the wings (check out the chest-mounted hard-wired microphone - so she could work "hands free") -

Alma Chambers @ a Cooking School

                                                                                                                                                                              - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

Here's an aerial shot of the CHAMBERS factory in Shelbyville, Indiana taken in the 1930's -

Chambers Factory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

After the sale to Hobart in 1955, the CHAMBERS brand was placed under the Kitchenaid Division and moved to Oxford, Mississippi.
This facility then became Chambers Aircraft, and was later given to the the Shelbyville Central School Corporation for use as a vocational/technology school. Today, this location is a vacant, grassy field.  How sad. . .

Here are pictures from the famous CHAMBERS HOME ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT -

Chambers Home Economics Dept.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

This department consisted of two large experimental laboratories where scientific studies of cooking were carried out.
The food specialists prepared all instructions for CHAMBERS automatic cooking. They also trained the demonstrators to conduct cooking schools all over the country. Notice the ThermoDome on the top of the range on the left and the Hobart mixer next the Hoosier cabinet by the doorway.

Hoosier Cabinet

                                                                                                                                                                                   - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

A close-up of the Hoosier cabinet in the H.E. Dept.


The CHAMBERS Corporation did not spend alot of effort (or money) in advertising nationally.
Their efforts were directed more on a local level - through the cooking schools and demonstrations, merchant/dealer "give-away's", and local newspapers.

Here is a very special (and common) form of advertising utilized by Chambers.
This 1930's panel van turned Sound Truck would travel through the town like a moving billboard.

Sound Truck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

(This photo was probably taken in Emporia, Kansas. The Rich Chevrolet dealership is still there.)



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

This is a picture of one of Shelbyville Indiana's finest stores, the J. G. DePrez Co., which remained in operation for over 100 years. This beautiful window display is typical of the 1940-1950 era.
This display features the Chambers Model B.
(Notice the large LISK Roaster in the oven on the far right unit. You can't believe how well these roasters cook - especially in a CHAMBERS!)

Another CHAMBERS dealer display from the late 1920's/early 1930's. -

Dealer Display

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

Home Show - Baltimore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

This is a picture of what appears to be a home show in Baltimore, Maryland in the late 1930's/early 1940's (note the take-off of the 1939 New York World's Fair).

The theme "The World Tomorrow In The Home" could not have possibly been more accurate or appropriate.

Home Show - Sacramento

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Photo Property of Karen Bruner

Another home show, this time in Sacramento, California.

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