I'd really love to get my hands on the guy who invented these ... and give him a piece of my mind.
These handle-less plug caps are an absolute pain to pull out of a wall socket. Apparently the only way of getting these things disconnected without getting bitten is to yank on the wire itself.
The few electrical items I've had the pleasure (hah) of working on that had these plugs; I had to do just that, otherwise my fingers would have gone over the rim and touched the pins or the terminal screws in the front as the cap came loose from the wall socket.
What was so hard about molding a handle on the plastic shell of the plug? I've seen other varieties that are just as old that do have handles (pretty much the kind of replacement cap you see nowadays).
Talk about bad design. I just wonder what the reasoning was behind making them this way.
I thought that 'Rodale' was a private label for a defunct supply house here in NJ; guess not.
The house I grew up in had Rodale for the 3 prong outlets and Hemco for the NEMA 1-15's. This was in Santa Ana, CA...
I did come across an old supply house in San Diego once (est. 1932) that had some old-new stock, still in the boxes from the likes of Rodale, Sierra, H&H, Paulding, Slater, Lew fittings and of all things, FPE!
Change the flat blades for round prongs, and these are pretty similar to some of the plugs which were common in Britain in the 1940s/early 1950s. Most of ours were deadfront though, with wiring carried out by unscrewing the cap from the base.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 11-29-2005).]