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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

        "The Planning Center -- this is the heart and the brain of the RCA-Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen. For example, there's a button that turns on a built-in color television set that brings entertainment into your Miracle Kitchen of the future. Other buttons select recipes, request an inventory of food stock, select food from storage, or complete the automatic meal from the Magic Meal Maker."

March 1959. "Home economist Anne Anderson demonstrating appliances and features of RCA-Whirlpool 'Miracle Kitchen of the Future,' a display at the American National Exhibition in Moscow." Kodachrome by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "What the Russians Will See." View full size.

 

The Arpel's Kitchen

M. Hulot had an encounter with a kitchen of a similar kind in Mon Oncle (1958).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE9t98Gox60

And to think:

All those miracles were analog!

I'll bet

The producers of "I Love Lucy" could have come up with an hilarious show based on this theme!

Kitchen Debate

Is this the scene of the Kitchen Debate between Nixon and Khrushchev?

[Same exhibit, different kitchen. - Dave]

Pushbutton Potemkin Cooking

      "Welcome to the RCA-Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen. In this kitchen you can bake a cake in three minutes, and in this kitchen the dishes are scraped, washed and dried electronically. They even put themselves away. Even the floor is cleaned electronically. So welcome to this wonderful new world of push-button cooking, cleaning and homemaking."

More fascinating details here.

Proper food storage

There is an apparently uncooked (since the glass pan is clean) rack of ribs *stored on an unrefrigerated shelf*. What the Russians will see is that we have blanket immunity to E. Coli and salmonella?

[That "unrefrigerated shelf" is (conceptually, at least) a microwave oven. - Dave]

 
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