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White House Kitchen: 1909

White House Kitchen: 1909

The White House kitchen circa 1909. Note the high-tech light fixture. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Kitchenware

It wouldn't surprise me a bit if pots and pans from the Taft administration were still in use at the White House. Apparently they still use pots and pans from the reign of Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace (each piece is stamped with a coat of arms from the reign in which it was acquired). However I doubt that President Obama will be sneaking down to fry up some bacon and eggs for himself and his Secret Service detail. Back in the 1961 makeover, a bedroom was converted into a small family kitchen (though I thought that had occurred during the Eisenhower administration).

Let there be (electric) light

It WAS high-tech, a thing to be proud of during that era. But you know that.

Whose Ware?

Farberware or pre copper base Revere Ware ?
An interesting link below stating that this photo (looks almost the same) is from the 1909 Taft Administration.

http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/floor0/kitchen.htm

It is also looking like some of the original cookware has survived to modern times. Imagine being president now, sneaking down in the middle of the night to fry up a midnight snack in the same pan used for Taft's breakfast...wow. Only now I would imagine you would also need to feed the 8 guys on your Secret Service detail !

Short of Help or Short Help?

The work tables appear impossibly short legged, maybe Dave will explain. Also note the coal fired water heating sidearm with the "clinker door".

[Maybe we just don't realize how big the table is. Pixel-wise, its height is 29 percent of its width. If the base of the grinder is a foot wide, which seems about right, the table is nine feet long. Which would make it a bit over 31 inches tall. Same as the work table in my kitchen. - Dave]

 
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