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Homeless Cooking: 1939

Homeless Cooking: 1939

February 1939. "Kitchen table and stove of white migrant tent camp near Harlingen, Texas. Married daughter of migrant worker cutting salt meat for dinner." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.


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Clock Info

I am happy to see many comments about the clock. This is a standard and mass produced kitchen clock, or gingerbread clock, and it's made by the Ingraham clock Co. This model is the "Cayuga". It was made around 1915 (but was probably made for several years). It's interesting to note that the clock doesn't appear to be running, since the pendulum isn't blurred.

[This was illuminated by flash bulb; exposure would have been 1/60 second or less, fast enough to freeze any pendulum motion. - tterrace]

Ingraham, like many other companies, mixed and matched their pressed wood pieces to make different models. The side pieces from this clock are seen on several different models, as is the base. The glass design also differs by year, by model, or simply by the customer's preference. Door moulding can also be slightly different from time to time, and occasionally hands get broken/lost/swapped.

As for the comment about the 2 and the 7, that's not really accurate. If you look at the numerals, the two curves are different, and this is just the style of the font used. Several other fonts use the same shape for a 6 and a 9, etc. There's also no money to be saved in this particular case. It's a printed paper dial. I have seen better examples of cost-cutting on a clock dial, where the 2 in the 12 (on applied cast numerals) had a notch cut out for a rating assembly, and rather than make a "non-notched" 2 for the 2-o'clock numeral, they left the notch in it.

I've attached a photo of a nearly identical (minus the glass) Cayuga.

Kerosene stoves

I can remember two kerosene stoves from my distant childhood. The smell was... penetrating.

Kaboom --

The stove makes me nervous... kerosene/gasoline stoves were not exactly the last word in safety under the best of circumstances, but this rusty, battered specimen is a death-wish special.

Kerosene Cooking and Cost Cutting Clock

The kerosene cook stove has seen better days. The glass tank on the left held the kerosene. You run across these tanks at antique shops. While people have restored old wood or gas cook stoves to complete a "period" kitchen, you don't see many kerosene stoves restored. These stoves are still manufactured for use where natural gas and propane are unavailable or too costly. The clock maker economized by flipping the two to serve as a seven.

[Not really. - tterrace]

Glad timers have gotten smaller

Interesting cooking have to wonder why it is sitting on top of the stove??

cool clock

Wow! My eyes were caught by the clock in this photo. I have the same clock! I was given to me when my grand father passed away many years ago. It still works like a charm.

Brand names

Hershey's, Quaker Oats, Oxydol, MJB, Arm & Hammer, all still around. The box next to the Arm & Hammer seems to be a box of Jefferson Island Salt.

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