Youngstown Kitchens was the world's largest manufacturer of steel kitchens in the 1950s.
The 1950s was a pivotal decade in American house design and within the weave of our national social fabric. Post-war societal change and new design and technological innovations were the backdrop for home-owning adults and the childhoods of most of the "Baby Boomers" who were born after World War II between 1946 and 1964. These were also the early years of the Cold War and the flowering of the Atomic Age. While the greater world often seemed threatening, the 1950s home and its increasingly more livable and centralized kitchen provided a comfort zone for American families privy to a new and booming post-war prosperity. The kitchen has always helped define the story of our lives and it's arguably the best place to be any where in any home, and in any era.

This blog is designed to enhance and promote The 1950s American Kitchen published by Shire Books [available Fall 2014] and will include other images and video clips not found in the book as a means of accompanying it with more detailed information on certain topics or items of interest. This seems the best way to share more than is possible in the book itself.

I encourage you to submit original photographs of yourself or your parents, friends or relatives in their 1950s kitchens. Feel free to email your crisp jpeg files to me at info@CatherinePond.com and I'll post them on this blog. Send as much information as you'd like along with your images.

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Thank you for stopping by ~

Catherine Pond

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