Lately "Lazy Susans" have been popping up in my life with people asking about them, and me needing to do more research on them. It's a trend. So let's begin.
Lazy Susan evolved as a common term in the late 19th century - around the time of the "dumbwaiter" - as new devices emerged which seemed to replace the work of servants. How the word "Susan" came to substitute for "servant" is a mystery, and sometimes attributed to one of the two Thomas's daughters, Jefferson and Edison, but historians have never confirmed this. In short, we don't know who Susan was, but we do know that our readers take umbrage with the term and would prefer it to be called a BUSY SUSAN. Read on...
What's amazing to me about the lazy susan is that it was a discovery not unlike the wheel itself. Basically a circle proving its power over the rectangle, the lazy susan allows a full rotation within any cabinet so that front and back are perfectly interchangeable. This means that with any situation where items get stuck in back or are hard to see, you can easily spin them to the front and double the discoverability of the contents of your cabinets. Lazy susans are particularly effective in corner cabinets as well, where the depth and difficulty with reaching the rear is greater.
"It is likely that the explanation of the term lazy Susan, and who Susan was, has been lost to history. Folk etymologies claim it as an American invention and trace its name to a product – Ovington's $8.50 mahogany "Revolving Server or Lazy Susan" – advertised in a 1917 Vanity Fair, but its use well predates both the advert and (probably) the country." and more via Wikipedia
First of all, I think this was the post that started all the hubbub. By Tess Wilson and titled: Hardworking Lady: The Best of Lazy Susans, here you will find a really nice roundup of lazy susans being put to good use in a few different rooms:
BEST LAZY SUSANS
- Royal Doulton Lazy Susan at Macy's
- Totally Bamboo Lazy Susan at Rakuten
- Retired Wine Barrel Lazy Susan at Uncommon Goods
Wine Cork Lazy Susan at Target
Snudda Lazy Susan at IKEA
- JK Adams Slate Lazy Susan at Amazon
- Large Concrete Lazy Susan at The Makerage
- London Steel and Glass Lazy Susan at Frontgate
- Sarah Peyton Tempered Glass Lazy Susan at Overstock
- Absolute Black Lazy Susan at Marble-Lazy-Susan.com
Catskill Craftsmen Round Lazy Susan at Wayfair
Large and Small Turntables at Crate & Barrel