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Dream Sink: 1955

Dream Sink: 1955

May 3, 1955. "Model kitchen in Chicago showroom. Advertisement for Crane fixtures." Presenting, if not the Kitchen of Tomorrow, at least the Breakfast Nook of Next Wednesday. Photo by Bill Hedrich, Hedrich-Blessing Studio. New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. View full size.

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I love it!

Except for the metal cabinets. Yuck. You can see there is already a dent on the end of the ones on the right. Other than that I would love to have this exact set-up right now. I'm going to end up needing to use a wheelchair due to a birth defect and this would be fantastic for someone in one. I can see me rolling right up to the nook with my family. I'd even take the old style fridge.


I find it hard to believe this kitchen was state of the art in 1955, but I was only five then so what do I know.
However it's still very classic in its design and my current kitchen cabinets look very similar to these, right down to the draw pulls.

That Window

Shows a feature I like to use: the 'sill' is down to the top of the back splash. Or, I make the sill at the same level as the counter top. Either way, you get a wonderful view while working at the sink.

Accurate enough

Other than the style of the fixtures, this looks a lot like a modern kitchen. Oh, and I guess a modern kitchen would have an island.

[Esthetically speaking, this was near the end of the line for the antiseptic, laboratory-like kitchens popular in the 1930s and '40s. The enameled steel cabinets seen here were also on the way out. - Dave]

Modern kitchens aren't as modern as I thought

There's very little in this kitchen that gives away its age, mainly the seating and the flooring, and of course the black and whiteness of the photo. Even big free standing fridges are still popular in these days of integrated appliances (in the UK at least).

The inset cupboards below the sinks (there's another at the left) look a little strange, but are practical for getting you close to the sink. Is that a washing machine to the left of the sink?

[It's a dishwasher. - Dave]


An apartment I rented in college had these exact cabinets - down to the winged circle emblem on the dishwasher to the left of the sink. They were in surprisingly good shape in the 80's, and I wouldn't be surprised if they're still there today.


Love the enameled radiator grate to cover the pesky gap behind the old frigidaire.

I need this nook

In fact, I like this whole kitchen, in particular, the arrangement of the shelf over the double-drainboard sink. I wish they noted the colors.

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