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Soyer's Modern Housewife's Kitchen Apparatus, circa 1850. The... News Photo1850-1859,Archival,Black And White,Consumerproduct,Horizontal,Human Interest,No People,People,Print,Saucepan,StovePhotographer Collection: Hulton Archive 2010 Getty ImagesSoyer's Modern Housewife's Kitchen Apparatus, circa 1850. The invention of French chef Alexis Soyer, it boasts an open roasting fire, a hot water boiler, a baking oven, a broiling stone and a hot plate. An engraving by Laing. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)