STAMFORD, Conn.-This year marks the 75th birthday of the Waring blender, which some historical accounts credit as the first modern electric blender in the U.S. market.
The blender was the idea of inventor Fred Osius, who in 1936 approached bandleader Fred Waring with his concept for a “disintegrating mixer,” according to literature from the Waring brand. Waring, who had an engineering background, suggested some improvements, and the product—called the “Miracle Mixer”—was introduced by Waring in 1937 at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. The Waring name appeared on the blender shortly thereafter, and Waring continued to promote the product on radio shows and other vendors.
Conair, Waring’s current parent company, purchased the brand from Dynamics Corp. of America in 1998. It is also the parent company of the Cuisinart brand of small electrics.