History of Aluminum
Considering the present popularity and tne many advantages to be gained from
using aluminum in the kitchen, it is a surprise to learn how recently it has
come into use. The year 1855 was the first year of its commercial existence.
It then sold at $90 a pound. By 1870, owing to discoveries in methods of extracting
it by electricity from the substances with which it was combined, the price
had declined to $12 a pound. In 1889 it was $2 and ten years later 29 cents.
Until it reached a level which brought it within reach of the ordinary consumer,
it was not available for household use.
The United States Government buys large quantities of aluminum canteens, mess
kettles, coffee boilers, stock pots, etc., for army use.