The 1950s Kitchen

The 1950s Kitchen

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Illustrated with advertising and period design images--with references and vintage sources--this book is both an historic and nostalgic compendium of a transformative era in the American home. Post-war America experienced unprecedented prosperity with a subsequent population boom and a demand for new, affordable housing for a growing middle class. With the latest gadgetry and state-of-the-art appliances, the typical 1950s kitchen was efficient and well appointed--a frequently colorful and decorative workspace for the (mostly) servant-less housewife. With war rationing over, access to a newfangled and burgeoning variety of prepared foods at the supermarket was readily available and canning a thing of the past for most households--while milk was still delivered to the kitchen door. Meanwhile, the now iconic 1950s housewife dominated advertising with her apron-clad kitchen presence and household know-how--even Betty Crocker(R) got an updated makeover. "Baby Boomers" born between 1946 and 1963, and many others, likely remember a 1950s kitchen from their childhood.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • Shire Publications
  • United States
  • English
  • 30 MONO; 40 COL
  • 0747814503
  • 9780747814504

About Catherine Pond

Catherine Pond was obsessed with kitchens, food products, and organizing pantries of all sizes from an early age. The cover image was taken at Christmas 1963 in her neighbor's kitchen in Akron, Ohio. The kitchen layout was identical to Catherine's house, built in 1949, and also with a small breakfast nook.show more

Table of contents

Prosperity and Frozen Peas—The American Kitchen in the Atomic Age A Modern Kitchen for Every Home Betty Crocker and the Jolly Green Giant—1950s American Food Products and Trends Gleaming Appliances, Interesting Gadgets and Pink Refridgerators—Every Amenity for the Modern Housewife The Kitchen as a Family Roomshow more