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Blue Apron: 1950

Blue Apron: 1950

        "Remove from oven. Place on platter garnished with parsley and passive-aggression; serves your entire ungrateful family."

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1950. "Mrs. D.L. Randall." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

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Let's eat!

I particularly like Mrs. Randall's home-sewn apron. She's holding a matching piece of gingham in her hand, so she may have made a matching potholder or napkin. Since women continuously wore aprons then, they had everyday aprons and "good" or hostess aprons for special occasions.

Knife holder

My grandmother had the exact same knife holder (above the already-spotted can opener) in her kitchen.

After going through the Depression in west Texas, she kept track of every penny spent, even into the 1980s. Living through such tough times led one to watch every penny - as it might be the different between going hungry and your next meal.

Swing-A-Way can opener

I seen it first.

Strike a pose

My favorite thing about this is it looks like she's mimicking the pose of that little figurine on the bottom corner shelf - the one with the little lamb or perhaps Elsie the Cow standing next to a tiny stove. If that was a just a coincidence, it's a funny one, but I'd like to think she did it on purpose.

Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes?

Three potatoes, cut in half. The cheese grater is by the sink. She does have a peculiar look but I just think she's shy.

Mix it up

with the old Model 3 Sunbeam Mixer. I use a newer model Sunbeam and they are the workhorses of the kitchen.

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