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Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 14: The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life, 1943)

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 14: The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life, 1943)

Vintage Photo Wednesday
This week's edition of Vintage Photo Wednesday comes from the August 9, 1943 issue of Life magazine. Specifically, a delightful photo essay called "Kitchens of Tomorrow May Look Like This." You can probably guess what these pictures will look like before you even see them. As far as I can tell from the article, "futuristic" basically means better designed storage and lots of built-in appliances that can be hidden by wood paneling. Oh, and apparently the kitchen doubles as a playroom when not in use. Odd. Still, it's always neat to see how different people dream about the future. The experimental kitchen you see here was built in Toledo, Ohio by the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company. Let's take a look! (All photos taken by Nina Leen for Life. Click on any image for a larger version.)
Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Capsules, Ephemera, Featured Posts
I hope you enjoyed the gallery of Sears catalog covers I posted recently, because we're really going to get into it now. I've been combing through some classic catalogs of yesteryear to bring you the most interesting images of how people looked and lived back in the day. So here's some galleries from the Spring/Summer 1958 Sears catalog, arranged by area of interest. Images may take a few seconds to load. To see the full collection -- including full-size pictures -- from 1958 and other years, check out my Sears Catalog Museum. (Sorry fellas, no bras or panties in this gallery.) Women's Fashion Children's Fashion Men's Fashion Electronics & Appliances Sports & Games Home Decor Everything Else Random Neat Images
Retrotisement — Hotpoint dishwashers 1956

Retrotisement — Hotpoint dishwashers 1956

Advertising, Retrotisements
Oh, this is beautiful on so many levels. It's a 1956 spot for Hotpoint dishwashers, and it aired during The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. This ad is so '50s it just screams suburban repression. I love how the premise of the prospective home buyers is dropped entirely, less than halfway through the spot. The wife mentions the dishwasher and the salesman/real estate agent launches into his spiel, complete with mobile display props. Notice the subtle way he both panders to and dismisses her with the "I don't blame you, lady" line. If a salesman ever said that to my wife he'd find his nuts in the kick cycle. Astute viewers may have noticed a familiar face at the beginning of this clip. The bouncing elf/fairy, Happy Hotpoint, was played by the very lovely Mary Tyler Moore. She film...