Vintage Culinary Gadget Invention Fails (PHOTOS)

09/27/2011 01:26 pm ET | Updated Nov 27, 2011

If you walk into a Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and Bridge Kitchenware, you'll probably see pretty much identical sets of kitchen appliances. You'll see stand mixers, food processors, coffeemakers, juicers, waffle irons and, if you're lucky, a sous vide-enabling thermal circulator. But things in the electronic kitchenware world weren't always so uniform, as a new slideshow at LIFE.com shows us. The team there compiled a few of the most outrageous culinary gadgets into a great gallery of pictures from the past. Below are a few of our favorites. If you like those, make sure to click through the entire slideshow on LIFE.com.

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