Cabinets!  Give me ALL of the Cabinets!

From 1900-1920, many families were choosing to stay in smaller homes, and this meant that things like the Hoosier (And Cabinets!) became more important, because they simply didn't have space for all of those wall hangings.  Beyond this, as families grew, their need for various types and quantity of dishes grew, so the cabinets became even more necessary.

Here we see Margaret Ober, a singer with the The Metropolitan Opera, in 1914 showing off a rib roast she's made in her kitchen.  Look at all the cabinets!

 

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1911

This illustration shows what a modern kitchen looked like in rare upper-class homes around 1911.  You'll notice that while the entire room now has a nice flow to it, each of the areas (sink, stove, cabinets, etc.) are all still standalone.  This photo does show how the kitchen was beginning to become a room that may be seen by guests and family members alike.  The cabinets became display cases just as much as storage!

 

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1915

Another interesting shift that was happening around the time is that cooking was starting to become a family affair, as we see in this 1915 photo.