spatula shown here would certainly come in handy for many
of us who are making mass quantities of Christmas cookies
at this time of year. Minnie Greene and Lois Udey of El Segundo,
California, obviously had the same thought. They patented
this utensil in 1935 (U.S. patent #2,063,432) with the intention
of providing "an implement adapted for use in lifting
meats or fowl from pans or roasters, in turning cakes, and
other varied uses in the culinary art". Not only is the
spatula adaptable for lifting foods of varying sizes, it's
also "simple in construction, economical to manufacture,
highly efficient in use, durable and exceedingly sanitary".
The handle is made of wood, while the rest of the spatula
is constructed of stainless steel. To release the two additional
blades, you simply pull the lever attached to the neck of
the stationary blade toward the handle.