In 1927, General Electric introduced this "Monitor Top" refrigerator, so-named by the public because of the resemblance of the exposed compressor on top of its cabinet to the cylindrical turret of the Civil War gunship, the Monitor. The product, priced at $525. The first in home refrigerator was originally produced in 1911. The invention of the air condition helped in keep food fresher for longer in the refrigerators. This meant less waste of spoiled food for the families.