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

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.)

The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of replaceable wood paneling.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of built-in features.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of built-in seats that make tasks less taxing.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of built-in foot pedals to run the facets.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of a built-in oven.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of a built-in utensil rack.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of a built-in waffle iron.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of a built-in mixer handle.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of a built-in cooking unit.
The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life magazine, 1943)
A view of a built-in toaster.

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