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Anatomy of an Old Fashioned Kitchen

There are so many great memories we have of grandma’s kitchen. But, she didn’t have it so easy. New layouts and modern amenities were years away for most women until the ’50s. And, even after modern kitchens swept the nation, some of our grannies still held fast to a few old implements from years before. Here we take a look at the anatomy of an old-fashioned kitchen.


Anatomy of an Old-Fashioned Kitchen

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Curtains hung under the sink or on the edges of counter tops instead of cabinets with doors below.

Out in the Open

Basins, pots, pans, and tools were often hung up on the wall. Julia Child famously had hers hanging on a huge pegboard.

Pretty Paper

Anatomy of an Old-Fashioned Kitchen

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Edged paper or decorative kerchiefs hung over the edges of shelves as most shelving at this point was open.


Because “new cabinets” hadn’t come along yet, external storage options were highly desired, where space allowed. Hoosier cabinets not only added storage space, but offered another work surface.

Extra Worktop

Since counter tops were often not a feature of old kitchens, most women always had another table in their kitchen and it made life so much easier. My grandma kept using her enamel top table even after she had an updated kitchen because she preferred it!

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