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The Onionator: 1965

The Onionator: 1965

From Chicago circa 1965 comes this uncaptioned snap of a lady in a kitchen showing an onion who's boss. Other ingredients include two eggs and a fish. Medium format negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

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Those double ovens

We lived in a Southern California neighborhood, 1978-1984, where all of the houses had been originally equipped with this style of double-oven range, and most of them were still so-equipped. The glass-fronted upper oven (not a microwave) was used for most regular baking, and many families used the lower oven only for holiday occasions. There were several homes still occupied by the original owners, and one of them told my mother a story about the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. This woman had baked a cake the day before, and set it on top of the fridge in a Tupperware cake keeper. When the excitement of the quake had died down, she looked for the cake, couldn't find it anywhere, and eventually gave up. She had completely forgotten about it when she pre-heated the oven on Thanksgiving, and smelled burning plastic. Evidently the seismic activity had opened the oven door, flung the cake keeper across the room, and then the door closed again. The ranges were Gaffers & Sattler, a make marketed only in California, so far as I am aware.

Beautiful Ladies

Although a woman's hair was anything but soft to the touch back then, due to the heavy hair spray, women sure were beautiful. Of course, my being 18 years old at the time may have clouded my perception.

All I Want for Christmas Is a Mandoline

Not the stringed instrument, the slicer.

And not a tear in sight

from this attractive young lady, whose clothes and hairstyle epitomise the 1960s.

Caloric 75 Range

"Live modern for less ... with GAS!"

[This is definitely the same range, but the date on the video is off by a decade. The Caloric 75 was introduced in 1964. - Dave]

I thought as much. Happy Holidays!

Dave - you clever dog

The only fish visible is the jewelry pin on the young lady's sweater - I think.

Back then

Did Women usually prepare a meal on a tablecloth? Seems to me it's easier to clean the table then wash a tablecloth.

Onionator?

That's the way my grandmother (and my mom for that matter) used it. But hey, if that's the way your onion is sliced you go for it!

Wrong way Onionator?

Isn't she using the slicing gadget the wrong way? I use my sideways from that and use the prongs as a guide to make even slices.

Fuzzy Logic

The photographer has cleverly kept viewer's attention focused on the mid-ground by selecting a "depth of field" the put the background in soft focus. (Often done by selecting a large aperture.)

On the upper cabinet to the right of the sink, there's a wooden knife rack with an manufacturer's escutcheon. We can't read it because of the soft focus, but the shape suggests that these might be "Flint" brand knives with their arrowhead-shaped trademark.

The soft focus also makes it a challenge to identify the range.

[Caloric. - Dave]

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