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Broil Meats Girl: 1956

Broil Meats Girl: 1956

From circa 1956 and Anytown, USA, comes this captionless snap of two young ladies and a broiler tray of chops, next to a chair with our name on it. "Bone" appetit! 4x5 negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

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Texas carrots

I found a number of grocery ads with Texas carrots in the Chicago Tribune archives, mostly from 1946 to 1956 but up to 1961.

Anytown girl

That girl on the left (very pretty, to my mind) looks like so many girls I've known throughout my life, first in school, then as young mothers, then as women in the pages of Shorpy. She has that wholesome, all-American, corn-fed look that makes that type of young woman so appealing. I reckon she'd be about 75 today. I hope she's had a happy life. I'll bet her grandchildren really love her.

Rather attractive, wouldn't you say?

The ladies are cute and all, but I'm talking about the magnetic knife holder on the side of the cupboard.

The real thing

A real, honest-to-God working kitchen. Of the type that saw real use and real meals cooked three times a day, from scratch, and saw cakes and cookies every Saturday.

With the help of a lot fewer and less fancy implements than today's "designer" kitchens.

I'm getting nostalgic. My grandmas' kitchens may have looked a lot different in detail, but right the same in style.

Nice shoes, by the way.

Broiler tray?

Looks more like a fancy silver serving tray.

OMG the Mexican terra-cotta!

That mixing bowl brings back SOOO many memories of trips to the border ... those painted terra-cotta dishes and bowls were echt-common in every tourist-trap shop and mercado in the 1960s. (Hate to say so, but I'd be reluctant to use them today, because some of the paints the artists used contained lead, which would leach out if you put acidic foods into the dishes.)

I'm also halfway betting this picture is FROM Texas, because of the bag the "Red Arrow Texas carrots" are in. Texas wasn't exporting much in the way of carrots during the 1950s drought, 'cos there wasn't enough produce TO export. Might even be that the carrots are re-branded Mexican produce.

[This kitchen is in either Chicago or Columbus, Georgia. -Dave]

Vacuum coffee maker

My future mother-in-law had one of those vacuum coffee makers as seen back in the corner when I first met and started dating my future wife in Germany. She made the best coffee with that thing. Wish I still had it.

The Only Thing Missing

is a Swing-A-Way wall-mounted can opener.

Salt in the shaker

Loved the stuff when I was a kid. Celery with salt. Yum. Now pass the salt shaker up like it would raise your blood pressure or something.

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