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Salmon Kitchen Generations: 1984

Salmon Kitchen Generations: 1984

Another detail-crammed look into the Salmon Kitchen. Here my mother is caught in mid-pot draining while whipping up Christmas Eve dinner as her granddaughter, garbed in high-1980s style, looks on. GD had not only a great love for her grandma, but for her kitchen. The white utility table behind her is now in her own, along with a vintage restored Wedgewood range.

There's so much here I don't know where to begin. My favorite items include, under the copper molds at the upper left, a hamburger patty press that created many a burger I devoured. The chrome Toastmaster had been around since the 50s. Under it, the pressure cooker with a bag of - I think - walnuts from our tree. A loaf of freshly-baked something is cooling on a cake rack next to the toaster. Over on the sink counter, a milk carton was always there to collect various bits of wet cooking by-product waste. Weird how you can get nostalgic over something like that. 35mm Kodacolor 400 negative, shot with bounce flash. View full size.

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Patriotic Glass

We had 2 of those glasses also, and they were my favorites. I remember filling both with cherry Kool-Aid and adding a maraschino to each in preparation for a marathon game of Monopoly with my brother.


When I see a photo dated 1950+ I always think, "Why should I care." This photo is different. The hot babe doesn't hurt things though. Is she still that hot?


I think the Salmon Kitchen needs its very own fan club.

The ironing board

is trapped in its cupboard by the cookbook shelves and tool rack.

Mr. Peabody

is who came to mind when I saw Dave's reflection on the toaster.

Stars and Stripes

The glass in the drying rack looks like the ones we got from Arby's in the 70s.

Kitchen tool

bhappel has spotted something that I can't seem to dredge up a memory of, but blown up it looks like he's right:

Whip it, whip it good

One detail that caught my eye was the hand powered egg beater hanging on the wall next to the "Marvelous Menus" cookbook. I had one of those for years. I remember my mother having me make whipped cream with one of those.


Was invented and produced for years in my hometown of Rome NY. Now it has no connection with Revere Copper, is produced overseas, and is not the same thing at all. One can still find vintage pieces, very usable, in thrift shops and estate sales. The ones marked "Rome NY" on the bottom are the best.

I Spy: Unusual kitchen tool

OK, I don't have a Toastmaster to include here. But I did see an unusual kitchen aid hanging to the right of the copper measuring scoop spoons. Not the acornish shaped tea ball, but next to that is a variable scoop. Here's a picture of the one I got from my Aunt's estate three years ago. Made of stainless steel it can measure any amount from 1/4 teaspoon to 3 teaspoons.

It's probably not all that unique but I find it to be a slick & innovative bit of engineering.

The T-20B and I thank you!

Honestly, there isn't a day that goes by without a check-in with Shorpy. Dave, your tireless efforts make life even more enjoyable--I get lost in some of the images, imagining a time well before my own. In particular, the early 20th century beach scenes with people fully clothed lounging on sand beguile me.

And tterrace, where would we be without your family's Salmon Kitchen™ et al?? Thank you for sharing your yummy Larkspur goodness--I look forward to your weekend posts the way I did the funny pages on Sundays.

BUT...posts with vintage toasters on Shorpy?? Now I had to comment and become a member. My soft spot for old appliances and this thread signaled it's time to stop lurking, contribute, and say thanks!

[I looked on the bottom of my Sunbeam -- also a T-20B! - Dave]

No need for nostalgia on one point

They still make Revereware, though most of the big pots seem to have be discontinued. I got the starter set back when I moved out 25 years ago and still have almost all of it, plus one of my mother's fifty-plus year old saucepans, three of the monster pots, and a three quart saucepan which I happened upon at the Salvation Army. I also lucked out and got a steamer section that fits the 1 gallon pot. After dropping the pasta in the sink a couple of times, though, I got a colander.They get used day in and day out and are never the worse for wear.

BTW, might I add that your niece is pretty darn good to look upon?

2500 miles away and the same

Our kitchen was in Springfield, Virginia -- same toaster, spice-racks, trivets, measuring cups, spoons, and on and on and on. Mom was Italian, cooking must have come naturally to her. She specialized in quality and quantity. Every time I hear someone say mangia! mangia! I think of her.

Dave's shakers = Stetson?

tterrace - I zoomed in the salt & pepper shakers! I think they're one of the Stetson late 50's patterns.

[The shakers in the pic of my toaster are Franciscan. "Starburst." - Dave]

Toasty comments

@Hillary: Granddaughter is my sister's daughter. She tells me that she also has the trivet hanging on the cupboard.

@OTY: Big deal dinners at our place were definitely not meatless. Mother was especially known for her roast beef and leg of lamb, both with potatoes roasted in the pan. Her secret was to jam garlic cloves into the meat.

@eggmandan: For more on the chef figurine on the clock, see this comment.

Also, did anyone else notice how happy Dave's salt and pepper shakers were to get into his photo?

A toast to toasters

I love the toaster photos you guys are posting! It toasts the cockles of my heart.

tterrace, is it possible that that's the daughter of your brother and sister-in-law that we see so often? It doesn't seem possible that a child of theirs could be so grown up in 1984 -- didn't they get married in the late 60s?

This vs. That

The personal "slice of life" pictures like this are so much more interesting than yet another street corner picture of a random building.

Don't need no stinkin' colander.

Your mom is draining her copper-bottom cookware just by holding the lid slightly ajar and turning it over, the exact same way my mom always did. We had at least 3 or 4 colanders, but she rarely used them except for cleaning fruits and vegetables. Was your Christmas Eve meal traditionally meatless as Polish and Italian ones were in the olden days with lots of seafood, pastas and vegetables?


I see a box of Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice in the spice rack.

Sadly, they've discontinued Emperor's Choice which was my favourite not the least because I get a terrible reaction to flea bites and it was the only thing that stopped the itching.

Heirloom Toast

This is where my toaster gets its 15 minutes of fame, thanks to tterrace. Given to my parents as a wedding present in 1957, it's the Sunbeam "Vista" self-lowering design that made its debut as Model T-20 in 1949 and continued in production with hardly any change in appearance until 1996. A very sturdy toaster! Thanks to whoever gave it to Mom and Dad.


I wonder if that is a Bicentennial glass in the strainer with the stars on it? I also like the barrel pepper or coffee grinder and the metal pot trivet hanging on the wall. Also the granddaughter being very beautiful doesn't hurt your picture at all!

Return of the Toastmaster

Funny thing; I bought this vintage chrome Toastmaster at an antique fair just a couple months ago. Still in working order. $35. Y'know, small appliances were a lot heavier in those days. As a special favor to TahoePines, I got my reflection in it this time. And yes, the pink enameled cart it's on is the very one seen in the lower right corner of the first Salmon Kitchen photo.


Love the photo of the pretty kitty just behind the pretty granddaughter. The "Pizza Chef" statue on the clock is fabulous!

RIP Toastmaster

Our Toastmaster went up in flames while toasting bread about a week ago. I wasn't the one using it, so not exactly sure what went wrong. But we plan to save it for nostalgia since it's been in the family since the 70s.

Regarding the reflections, the studio photography instructor at college assigned a reflective object assignment and specifically stated "do not photograph a shiny old fashioned style toaster." And what did I photograph? Of course - the Toastmaster! I should have heeded his advice.

Here's my Toastmaster

Bought at a Salvation Army store for $6 in 1990. I used it for several years, until the spring weakened and it would no longer pop up. No Van Eyck here; I am hiding in the most-distorted outer corner of the appliance (not to mention fully clothed). The carnival glass pitcher and Mexican tile are later acquisitions.

Shiny Object Syndrome

I thought perhaps that the Venerable Toastmaster would reveal an image of the Artist - and could be de-convolved and resolved into an "inadvertent portrait" - much like the many folks on eBay who, having similar shiny objects for sale, photograph them whilst in various states of undress - to the amusement of clever Photoshoppers. [A modern version of those Old Masters who worked themselves into their art - van Eyck, "the Arnolfini Marriage" (1434) put his own image of himself working on the canvas, in the small spherical mirror in the background of the painting - properly "distorted" - one can flatten it back out, and voila! there he is. 1434 mind you: 58 years before Columbus.]

I tried, but: no. Only the nearby cabinets and windows on the other side of La Cocina Terrazzo peer out at us from the gleaming chromium. (Gleamium?)

I am thinking of zipping over to Hwy 88 and taking a couple of shots of the Carson Spur turnout as it is today - there is a 30's shot of it in the Member Photos Division and it would be fun to show it in the "now."

Raised quite the welt by now

I clobbered our Toastmaster by thinking I could save time if I buttered the bread, first. Been kicking myself for about 35 years.

I still have the Revereware, though.

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