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KITCHEN WARE
 
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We have an extensive collection of kitchenware that often brings customers back and back to purchase items for a retro kitchen.  There is a special interest in the 40'-50's retro kitchen and all of the glassware, shakers, bowls etc that were so popular then.  Take a look at this brief history of the evolution of the kitchen over the past century.
 
 
 
KITCHENS OF THE LAST CENTURY
 
 
The kitchen throughout time has been a center of activity and has always been equipped with numerous dishes, utensils, cooking pots, glass, etc.
 
KITCHEN AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
    •before gas and electricity
    •housekeeping very time consuming
    •kitchen a work area, not a gathering place
    •usually small and dark
    •centered around the stove-either cast iron, wood burning or coal range
    •often separated from eating area by a pass closet called the pantry
    •Hoosier type cabinets, baking cabinets -work space and storage of staples such as flour, sugar, etc.
    •food storage often in cellar in stoneware containers
    •stoneware bowls, enamelware, graniteware-often grey, red, or blue with patterns such as spatter, swirl, or mottled
    •cast iron cookware-Griswold, Wagner ware
 
 
1920'S KITCHEN
    •beginning of built in cupboards
    •sterile white color used
    •pantries began to disappear
    •electric refrigerators
    •gas cooking ranges
    •appliances -toasters, coffee percolators, mixers
    •white with black trim enamelware
 
1930'S  40'S KITCHEN
    •the all electric kitchen
    •time saving features
    •mixers with attachments-homemakers' dream
    •green hand led utensils
    •checkered designs
    •aluminum cookware
    •tin bread boxes, cannister sets, cake savers, match holders
    •Dinnerware in white/off white with bold designs, patterns     
    •kitchen no longer just a work station- doing more decorating
 
POSTWAR KITCHEN-  Post WWII brought an explosion of color.  Women decorated their kitchens with the many colorful items available from the 5 and dimes such as Woolsworth or from Sears or Montgomery Wards. Magazines advertised products for your "gay modern kitchen"red kitchen
    •kitchen more of a gathering place
    •chrome tables/chairs with enamel tops
    •explosion of color-predominant use of primary colors-lots of red
    •designs with flowers, fruits, dutch  popular
    •shelving paper, trim, decals, tablecloths, curtains
 
MID 1950'S KITCHEN
    •Atomic era kitchen
    •featured plastics, Melmac, melamine, raffia ware, lustroware
    •Formica tops
    •pastel colors-aqua, pink, soft yellow
    •Southwest designs , Mexican motifs, designs with kitchen utensils, teapots, coffee pots -used on linens,
      bowls, appliance covers
    •vinyl tablecloths, chair covers, appliance covers
    •built in appliances in colors of turquoise, soft yellow, pink, copper
 
 
POPULAR KITCHEN COLLECTIBLES
 
Tumblers
Pitchers
Cocktail shakers/other barware
Pot holders
Cookie cutters
Vintage small appliances-toasters, mixers, etc
Bakelite utensils/flatware
Other kitchen utensils
Kitchen shakers
Spice tins
Measuring cups/spoons
Sifters
Mixing bowls
Rolling Pins
Salt and Pepper shakers
Kitchen Plastics
Restaurant ware
Cast Iron cookware
Teapots
Coffeepots
Refrigerator Dishes
Kitchen wall clocks
Chalkware
Swanky swigs
Canisters
Bread Boxes
Cake Savers
Shelf Paper
Kitchen decals
Embroidered dish towels
Tablecloths/napkins
Metal trays
Recipie boxes
Cook books
Cookie jars
Aprons
Chrome tables/chairs
Vintage kitchen cabinets
 
 
BRAND NAMES OF VINTAGE KITCHEN
 
Fire King-jadite, sapphire blue, peach blossom,
Pyrex
Jeannette
McKee
Federal
Hazel Atlas
Tipp City
Homer Laughlin
Harker Pottery
Ovenserve
Kitchen Kraft
Royledge shelf edging
Meyercord decals