The electric kettle of my childhood lasted until I left home and it went for a good bit longer. I can't recall if it was Sunbeam or another brand. It was slow to heat the water but it was an attractive appliance. My mother would polish it up once a week. Nothing like a shiny chrome appliance.
I just had to clean our plastic kettle. It was disgusting and had not been cleaned for months. Household management has decreed that it does not suit a smart apartment and a new one is required and for once I readily agreed to such overt consumerism. Bugger the poor, I want a new stylish kettle.
When no one was around, my brother and I used to find it quite amusing to put the kettle of our childhood on without water. After a minute or so, the plug of the kettle would fly out of the socket with quite some force. Should this not have happened, the element would have burnt through the base of the kettle and perhaps the kitchen bench too and possibly start a fire.
My grandparents had the same brand and style of kettle and my brother and I discovered that it was made in two parts. How you may wonder? Well we tried the same method of plug ejection on our grandparents kettle, but its heat protection was much less sensitive. After the plug did not eject, we just turned it off and left it.
Soon enough my grandmother filled it with water to make a cup of Robur's finest and she called out that the kettle had sprung a leak. We looked around in astonishment. How could that have happened?
It would seem that the kettle without water in it had gotten so hot when we were trying to get it to eject the plug, the solder has melted where the kettle was joined half way up its side.
"That is sad grandma. It has worn out. We will buy a new one for you for your birthday". Not sure how we planned to pay for it, but it was a kind and generous thought.