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Baked a Cake: 1940

Baked a Cake: 1940

April 1940. "Wife of Iowa farmer starting to make a cake. Greene County, Iowa." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Drip, drip, drip

My mom's old aluminum coffeepot still gets regular usage in my kitchen.

Re: Cabinet hardware

The kitchen cabinetry in our 120-year-old house also has the exact same hinges and latches. The latches in particular make a distinctive click when they’re closed, and I’m sure tterrace would recognize the sound immediately even after many decades. As for the pulls, we would need drawers to have such fancy items. (Okay, we installed some new-fangled drawers 20 years ago, but the original kitchen had no such luxuries.)

Mrs. Clean

I am entranced by this domestic and culinary tableau. The spotlessness! Divine. And like other commenters, I am wild about the little drinking glass holder. I want one.

The fat of the land

When every household had a big ol' tub of Crisco.

Evening baking?

This looks just like my own grandmother's kitchen in 1940s Iowa: the starched curtains, the eggbeater within a bowl—pretty high-tech at the time—the apron, the wallpaper, the plants on the windowsill, and Grandma stirring up a cake. (Seems a bit late in the day for baking, though.)

Her thoughts

I wish somebody invents kitchen island one day.

Pie Crust?

CRISCO is good but Lard is better.

How'dya do?

I guess she knows we're coming.


Norman Rockwell couldn't have done it better

Cabinet hardware

I grew up with pulls, hinges and latches like those. (I won't say I was a better man for it, but it didn't hurt.)

Drink the glass of water

Please encounter the interesting stand for the glass by the kitchen sink. The glass is in readiness to be used by the thirsty water household.

Something I've never seen before

Is that drinking glass holder above the sink. Imagine that well water was nice and cold year round.

And I want a slice

While it's piping hot because I know it will be delicious! Spotless kitchen and she's still wearing her shingle bob from 1928.

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