By the early 20th century, wheel charts had begun their migration from the utilitarian (as maps, calculators, and scientific devises) to the everyday, which included dinner. To advertise its refrigerators with circular "rollator" compressors, the Norge refrigerator company created the similarly shaped Rollator Recipe Chart, a 1933 guide to chilly dishes like jellied chicken bouillion and peppermint candy ice cream. Volvelle Collection, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale

Jessica Helfand, author of Reinventing the Wheel (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), shares some of her favorite vintage culinary wheelcharts.

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