Or maybe '27; I can't be sure. While wandering antique malls over the weekend, I chanced on about enough to put together a very nice kitchen that would have been super-modern when Roseholme Cottage (built in 1924) was new, starting with the basics:Nice, clean lines on that fridge, and the range? Wow! That's the original enamelling job, cream and marbleized green:There was an almost-matching GE "monitor-top" fridge, but alas, it's a repaint job.At least they have some documentation!Better get a nice deco-style table:Maybe some health food?("On the alkaline side?" Mommmm, what's in these chips?)
Better wash up --Hey, she's not Nipponese! ("The tingling...at first...a sign of returning...pores..." worries me. Forget the chips, what's in that soap?)
And if we want some tea, we'll encounter a Milton Caniff character -- I think she was in both Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon.
There'd be a lot of work and expense involved in bringing any of the appliances back to "new" in appearance and function, but it's tempting. And they kind of match the outside paintjob, though not the blue-and-oak kitchen. (The range is, of course, gas, and there are dedicated specialists who restore 'em. If I had one, I'd get me a stand-alone electric oven and have the door customized to match; a gas cooktop and electric oven is the pro ticket anyway.)
A real kitchen redo would have to address the gingerbread on the kitchen cabinets, replacing it with squared-off quartersawn oak trim with dark square pegs and "cloud lift" moldings, plus swapping out all the handles, hinges and countertop. Then I'd be ready to tackle appliances. Don't hold your breath, it'd be a huge job and I hope to redo the euphemism (in Arts & Crafts!) first.
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