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In the Kitchen: 1919

In the Kitchen: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Kitchen, U.S. Fuel Administration." Deep in the belly of the bureaucracy. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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I've got big bowls

Check the giant earthenware bowls over the sinks at left rear. Nice.

Never heard of it

I had to Google "U.S. Fuel Administration," as I've never once encountered that phrase before.

Evidently it "ceased to function on 30 June 1919," the same year this photo was taken.

[Once the war ended, so did its reason for existing. - Dave]

Monkey heater

I believe they are water heaters. a fire inside heats water running through a coil. We had a smaller version at home in the 1940's. It was gas fired and used for bathing and other hot water needs and was only lighted when we needed it.

Let's Get Started

This looks to be early morning in the kitchen. If not for the bottle of milk on the range the kitchen is empty of any food products. What are the two heavy metal units exhausting into the ceiling to the left in this photo? They look as if they have steam pipes leading into them.

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