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Kitchen Rapture: 1939

Kitchen Rapture: 1939

Sept. 20, 1939. "The Dunes Club. Narragansett, Rhode Island. Kitchen. Purves, Cope & Stewart, architect." 5x7 negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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1938 and 1939

This building replaced the original Dunes Club, lost in the hurricane of 1938. That storm was the first to make landfall in Rhode Island in well over 50 years, and of course predated sophisticated weather predictions. The storm devastated the RI coast. I had relatives who had a beachfront summer home in Green Hill, they found the cement steps after the storm, and nothing else.


Notice how clean that kitchen is! Just look at the bottoms of the pots, etc. As a former restaurant manager, I can attest to how much work is involved maintaining this level.

Shore the floor!

Oh man, that's a long coal fired stove! I really enjoyed working in restaurants in my high school and college days but I couldn't envision hand stoking a range like this.

Pans to last

I would LOVE to walk in to this picture and get some pans to replace a few of mine. My best things have come from the first 50-60 years of the 20th century. A few, I inherited from my grandmother. The rest, I get from second hand stores. It requires going through quite a bit of junk; things that are relatively new, but already destroyed, but it's exciting when I find an old one that has already put in 50+ years of work and has at least 50 more years of use left in it!

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