The 1920s and 1930s:  The Kitchen Comes to Life

Everyone had a kitchen by this era, and so to did most households migrate to eating many meals at a small kitchen table (vs. a larger dining room).  These photos capture how the kitchen started to be much more part of the home instead of something closer to a workshop.

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1925

This 1925 photo shows what the typical kitchen in a middle class or upper-middle class home looked like.  There are a few great things to notice here:  1) There's now a radiator to make the preparation more comfortable, 2) The kitchen table has it's own prime spot, but no longer is out of place, and 3) There are lovely curtains that add to the softness of the room.

 

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This illustration showed the aspirational view of a 1930's kitchen, and how it became much more of a part of the home.  Notice how the flooring starts to become more fun, the cabinets have some color, and there are plants in the windows.  This is also the first time we begin to see colorful pots, pans, and storage bins.