Rockin’ with Androck

If you’ve been reading this blog even a little bit, you’ll have realized by now that I love to hoard collect vintage kitchen stuff. It’s what I sell the most in the Vintage Eve’s shop and also what I write about the most. This week changes nothing! Look at this gorgeous Androck sifter with nifty atomic fifties graphics!

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Androck Sifter circa 1950 (photo courtesy of Vintage Eve’s)

It has 3 sifting screens and single-hand action! How cool is that?! Seriously, I love this stuff. I’ve seen Androck pieces since I started collecting but when I went looking for information on the company, there was not a ton to find.

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Androck Pastry Cutter (photo courtesy of Sweet Memories Vintage)

I dug deep starting with Trademarkia.com  which I’ve had to do before with the Lincoln BeautyWare I wrote about a few weeks ago. Sometimes, no matter how many items a company produces, there’s just  not a lot of information out there about them.

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Androck Food Grater (photo courtesy of Kitten’s Retro Kitschen)

What I did find out was that Androck is a trademark of The Washburn Company. This led me to a book called “Spiffy Kitchen Collectibles” by Brian Alexander. According to Alexander, Charles Washburn started his company in 1880 and it was incorporated in 1882 as the Wire Goods Company.

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Androck Ladle (photo courtesy of COurPix)

Then in 1911 a division of the Wire Goods Company, based in Chicago, and the Andrews Wire and Iron Works of Rockford, Il., merged in 1917. That still wasn’t the end of it, though. Finally in 1922, all those companies and one other manufacturer merged to finally become The Washburn Company.

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Androck Sifter circa 1950 (photo courtesy of Milkweed Vintage Home)

They were located in Rockford, Il. and Worcester, Ma. Androck was a successful line into the 1940’s with their colorful red, yellow and green Catalin plastic handles. Production halted for a bit during WWII while the Washburn Co. produced items for the war effort.

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Androck Hamburger Press (photo courtesy of Sycamore Vintage)

Now, my sifter and other Androck sifters got better and better when production resumed, until they came out with their best one (ahem, mine included) that had 3 screens and one-handed sifting action. They actually made a number of other items. Alexander says that the company made all kinds of kitchen gadgets; nut choppers, onion choppers and more.

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Androck Egg Mayonnaise Mixer (photo courtesy of Taming Chaos)

According to Alexander, “in 1967 Roblin Steel Corp. of Buffalo, NY, acquired the Washburn Co.” All the production was consolidated into the Worcester, Massachusetts plant in 1973. But in 1975, that plant was closed. The machines and tools were sold to other companies so the Androck name showed up on products after 1975, but the true Androck production ceased in 1975.

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Androck Nut Grinder (photo courtesy of Retro Vintagious)

Androck is a great collectible. Their items from the 30’s through the 50’s are some of the most collected items, including their great sifters!

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Androck Necktie Rack! (photo courtesy of A California Cache)

That’s about all I could find about this great company. They were another one of those companies that created items that our parents or grandparents used to create the meals we remember eating around the kitchen table. Have a great week!

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7 thoughts on “Rockin’ with Androck

  1. So lovely to see you “face to face” Rheta! Nice portrait 🙂 You’ve got me checking all of my vintage kitchen wares now, looking for the name “Androck!” Thanks for linking up your informative post with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

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  2. My dad joined the Washburn company out of the USAF in 1955. He was sent to the NYC office–and when they closed that–he became the NYC office! Soon he was appointed National Sales Manager of Androck right thru the early 70s. I grew up knee deep in this stuff. Filed invoices and stuffed envelopes with sales brochures. He had hundreds of sales samples that were sold off during the 7-year long garage sale before they retired to FL. He can still quote stock number and wholesale pricing on this stuff! One of Androck’s last great products was the “banjo” popcorn popper. That came about when one of the salesmen was down in the foundry and saw this gizmo that the foundry guys had rigged up to sift live coals out of the furnace….he suggested they put a top on it which a wooden knob and VOILA! the popcorn popper was born.
    In the 1960’s Androck was heavily into bicycle baskets. Also wire burger basket broiler….ECKO was a four-letter word in our house….

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    1. Dave, I shed a tear thinking about that awesome garage sale I never knew about! The cool vintage pieces that must have been in your dad’s collection! You made me laugh with that ECKO comment, too 🙂 What a great history and to have been in the middle of it all. Just really cool. Thanks for sharing that!

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