The stupendous General Electric Partio


32 Responses to “The stupendous General Electric Partio”

  1. PhosPhorious says:


    More like Par-TAY-0.

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    That’s actually a pretty neat gadget. The utility of a patio kitchen w/o the expense of weatherizing.

    You could bring it to a family get-together  to temporarily expand the host’s kitchen.

    • novium says:

      and 100% fewer spiders and other creepy crawlies, too. (My family has a patio kitchen that we maybe used a handful of times after we first moved in- the damn thing was always full of bugs, and the burners smelled awful when they got hot).

  3. Grey Devil says:

    Add a boombox and its set to go.

    • 10xor01 says:

      And also a blender.  Can’t have a Partio without drinks that include tiny umbrellas.

      And since we’re tricking it out, maybe a Tiki head on top…that can breathe real flames to notify you when the burgers are ready. 

  4. Donald Petersen says:

    Now more than ever, I Like Ike.

  5. chaoskittenii says:

    Ah, the two great streams of 1950s technological aspiration, reunited at last. Nice work Mark :)

  6. The Hamster King says:

    A boombox and a bicycle in back so your can peddle around town and serve people pancakes.

  7. michael b says:

    That is indeed, the most fantastic thing I have ever seen.  

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    It would have been useless to Ike if his predecessor hadn’t created a place to park it.

    • zombienietzsche says:


      • flosofl says:

        No kidding. At times Atinous’s (is that right? I never remember the rule) comments are like PSA’s dropping little nuggets of information in our heads.

        • MythicalMe says:

          Apostrophe goes after the “s”. Antinous’ comments are also the moderator’s.

          • dnebdal says:

            Both are acceptable, depending on how you prefer to pronounce it.  It’s not like s-apostrophe-s is utterly illegal; the s-dropping rule is most strongly associated with classical and biblical names.

            So Emperor Antonius’ clothes … but possibly Antonius’s comments.

  9. littlebone says:

    I couldn’t find a large enough image of what this reminded me of…

  10. akbar56 says:

    Convert it to gas and I am sold.

  11. Bevatron Repairman says:

    “The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this:  It is two fine, fully equipped outdoor kitchens. It is some fifty miles of formica countertop. We pay for a single fighter plane with a forty million bottles of cold, refreshing Schiltz beer. We pay for a single destroyer with outdoor pools with slides and diving boards that could have bathed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of recreation to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.”

  12. Bucket says:

    I did not realize until just this moment that I need a pancake griddle in my back yard. Now I do.
    And my life will never be the same.

  13. Vanwall Green says:

    It’s more fun with the Lone Wolf and Cub options. The knife set is awesome.

  14. SedanChair says:

    Holy crap, it’s like America on wheels

  15. Hubris Sonic says:

    What, no blood trough? details people, details.

  16. sam1148 says:

    Pretty typical of the boom of the 50-60′s.

    Middle class had wealth, corporation and the ‘rich’ had wealth. Suburbs became common, interstate roads supported by what would be outstanding taxes for rich and corporations was common. 60 plus percent for the top corporations and income earners—outstandingly weird today.

    But guess what, everyone profited. From GE to the middle class, to the poor–who for the first time had mandated TVA power, and telephone services…and purchased  appliances, cars, etc..etc. The interstate system moved goods to small towns, and moved people living the suburbs to cites to sell their work.
     Everyone profited in that golden age.
    That was trickle up economics…create a infer-structure and people will purchase stuff from your corporation.

    • mccrum says:

      60% for the top earners?  No, that was the 70′s.  From 1951 until 1964, the top tax bracket was 91%.  Ninety-one.  Niney.  One.  Just let that roll through your head for a while, think about how many interstates got built and how we seemed to be kicking the world’s ass in production and consumption.  Ninety-one percent.

      If those are truly America’s glory years that everyone claims they want to return to, there’s a little matter of some fifty-sixty percent that we need to add to the top tax bracket.  I’m not saying your philosophy is wrong, it’s that if you think 60% would be weird, 91% would be seen as heresy by today’s “standards”.

      • sam1148 says:

        TOP tax was 91..and the top was very minor in people.  And yes those where glory years. Even with the taxes for ‘rich’ and to a lesser extent the middle class.
        Take a walk outside…which society would like to live in?
        In my day in the 60′s..we had a housekeeper, a stay at home mom, and a gardener..and we were ‘middle class’ by today’s standards. Not upper-class in income and most of our neighbors had can could afford a stay at home mom, mortgage, and even domestic help.
        Science and industury was booming, the space program was offering hope of a great future. ..etc..etc.

        Those interstates built in those days, and those FAA airways paved the way for the top earners to make even more money..and yes those got built in those days; to say other wise is ignoring reality. GE and corporations in those days despite the higher tax rates made more profits than ever from the USA market because people could purchase their goods and they could be shipped. Television and media fed the consumerism of the 60′s—as seen in this post…which is great IMHO.
        As it was balanced….large taxes for corporation, consumer streams for goods, and those that profited more paid more in taxes for common structure such as roads, airways, shipping, and even protectionism from off shore competition. (which is a another issue).

  17. pjcamp says:

    An Easy Bake Air Conditioner on wheels?

  18. SedanChair says:

    “Look upon it, child. This is the freedom I’m sworn to defend.”

  19. Nash Rambler says:

    They see me rollin’, they hatin’.

  20. Ian Wood says:

    Can’t sleep Partio will eat me
    Can’t sleep Partio will eat me
    Can’t sleep Partio will eat me
    Can’t sleep Partio will eat me

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