Lazy Susan History – this server is not only for metal garden furniture sets, it started life indoors!

A Lazy Susan History

What is a Lazy Susan?

A lazy susan is a turning tray or a turntable put in the middle of a table which to serves food and drinks. The spinning table resolves the trouble of passing food around the table or reaching over to get hold of that required salt and pepper. This concept of a revolving gadget is utilized thoroughly in the garden or inside the house.

What is a Lazy Susan made of?

This product is commonly made from wood or MDF, you can sometimes discover turntables made from other products like metal alloy, glass, marble or metals such cast aluminium or steel. Other uses of turntables consist of television swivels and commercial applications.

The term dumbwaiter now generally describes a little elevator which moves food and meals from one level of a house to another.

Ever since this serving gadget was first produced it has virtually remained the same – the turning action most likely replaced the need for a butler!

The idea of a revolving tray can be traced back to the 18th century when it was typically understood as a dumbwaiter. Small serving tables with turning tops were utilized for wine tasting and tea sampling. We have seen variations where a metal tray has been converted to a spinning server.

This useful product is commonly discovered in oriental dining establishments – if you have actually been for an Indian or Chinese meal you no doubt have had the opportunity to take that Lazy Susan for a spin.

When Was It Invented

The actual date when the turning dumbwaiter was designed, regardless of its big appeal and usefulness, is not known.

The term Lazy Susan is more than likely a 20th century innovation. The popular viewpoint throughout the web suggests that servants were typically called Susan and the Lazy Susan was basically working as a servant who did not need to do much (for this reason ‘lazy’).  The noun ‘Lazy Susan’ started to appear in literature approximately 100 years ago.

Among the earliest print references to ‘Lazy Susan’ is an advertisement in the Vanity Fair publication December 1917 – ‘Revolving Server or Lazy Susan’ – that advertises a wood design, 16 inches in width that works via a revolving circular fitting.

The principle of a turning dumbwaiter is not brand new at all; it most likely goes back to 16th century China, although the yanks hope that it is an American innovation, possibly a labour saving device from just after the second world war. Numerous Americans hope that the Lazy Susan was designed by either Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Edison.

In the metal garden furniture market the spinning server initially ended up being a hit in Australia- now everybody wishes to have one on their outdoor metal table.

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