So, when I came across this advertisement in my December 1949 Better Homes magazine, I thought I'd do somemore digging about what kitchens were like in the 40's and 50's. First off I love that these sets are called "Kitchenaider". I don't know why, that just makes me laugh.
Back in '49 if Santa had left a kitchen like this under my tree I would've been one happy housewife!!
Eventually, my search led me to one of my favorite vintage kitchen sites http://retrorenovation.com/product-guides/metal-kitchen-cabinets-history-design-faq/
Here, one can read about the history of kitchen cabinets. Steel cabinets were wanted because they kept critters out. Critters can't chew through steel.
My grandmother didn't have steel cabinets. She had a wooden cupboard. Luckily it has stayed in the family and it belongs to my folks now. Of course the kitchens that we see in home magazines of that day, weren't always the kitchens that exsisted. Not everyone had the most modern kitchen set-ups. My grandmother's kitchen looked nothing like those found in magazines. My grandmother had wooden cupboards, and very limited space.
|From Cynthia's Cottage Design Blog. Her kitchen is amazing. Her's is green and I like yellow, but this is still beautiful.|
More on vintage kitchens another time. For now, I have to go do my dishes ;) Have a happy day!