This video dates from 1949, and shows the latest features designed to save work and effort on the part of farm housewives especially. There are some really great ideas included – watch for:
- The desk area by the phone is a small drop-leaf table on wheels – can be used as a serving trolley, extra table, or sit-down work surface anywhere in the kitchen
- Cookbook holder on the inside of the wall cabinet door above the baking center
- Corner wall cabinet with lazy susan comes down to counter level, stores heavy foods and equipment right where it will be used
- Base cabinet lazy susan has an extra small top shelf for storing saucepans and pots with long hands so the handles stick out where you can reach them, but the shelf doesn’t block access to the next shelf down
- potatoes and onions in separate ventilated bins directly above the counter. not in the refrigerator
- Large pull-out work surface at lap level so you can work sitting down; pull the drop-leaf desk over to set beside the pullout and you have even more working space
- All drawers in the base cabinets (wood runners though, and they don’t operate as easily as today’s drawers mounted on metal slides)
- Recommendation to use the lowest drawers for long term storage only
- “Ready-use” flour and sugar bins hanging from the upper cabinets, with bulk storage in the cupboard above that feeds the bin below it
- Bins in the wall above the range for cereals that go directly into boiling water, like oatmeal, as well as salt for seasoning, and tea for the kettle. The salt bin has a spoon right in it – no searching for the measuring spoon.
- Bi-fold doors on wall cabinets fold back so they are safely out of the way
- vertical dish rack for drying above the stove inside the upper cabinet
- Wall cubbies with sliding doors in the backsplash behind the sink, for powdered soap, scouring brushes, etc
- Garbage hatch in the counter right by the sink, with a bucket in a cupboard below that opens to the outdoors as well as to the kitchen
My only remaining question is: why isn’t the housewife wearing an apron while she’s baking and cooking? My mother always did!