Anatomy of an Old Fashioned Kitchen

 

 

There are so many great memories we have of grandma’s kitchen. But, she didn’t have it so easy. New layouts and modern amenities were years away for most women until the ’50s. And, even after modern kitchens swept the nation, some of our grannies still held fast to a few old implements from years before. Here we take a look at the anatomy of an old-fashioned kitchen.

A stool was useful for the many long hours a woman would have to be at the sink or table.

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Curtains hung under the sink or on the edges of counter tops instead of cabinets with doors below.

 

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Edged paper or decorative kerchiefs hung over the edges of shelves as most shelving at this point was open.

 

Basins, pots, pans, and tools were often hung up on the wall. Julia Child famously had hers hanging on a huge pegboard.

Because “new cabinets” hadn’t come along yet, external storage options were highly desired, where space allowed. Hoosier cabinets not only added storage space, but offered another work surface.