Upstairs, downstairs, who cares? It’s still working

I read with interest your article about Eve Stewart recreating a 1930s interior for the BBC’s revival of Upstairs Downstairs (News, DW 13 May), and the reference to the interest in new technologies that were introduced during that decade.

I thought you and Eve might like to hear about my grandmother’s Westinghouse refrigerator, which was bought in 1936.

It was a great novelty at the time, being specially imported from the US, and was in continuous use for 60 years, first by the servants and subsequently by my mother. How many of today’s designs will have such a long life-span?

It now needs a new home – any offers?

Zoë James, The Drawing Room, by e-mail

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