Though 1920s kitchens focused on being modern, sanitary, and efficient, it was also generally a period of really pretty kitchen rooms.
Hard surfaces included glass and tile; super-hard enamel paint protected trim and furniture. Floors were occasionally wood or tile, but linoleum was huge and, due to its affordability, was found in almost every kitchen. The patterns were available in every color and design imaginable. The popularity of linoleum was evidenced by the relatively large number of national brands including Armstrong, Nairn, Congoleum, Blabon, Bird, and W. & J. Sloane.
Built-in cabinetry was used along side Hoosier free-standing cabinets. Other manufacturers included Sellers. These were designed as single-station efficiency units that cut excess walking and increased the housewife's productivity and comfort. Other cabinetry was offered for both new construction and remodels. National companies like Curtis Woodwork, Kitchen-Maid, Bilt-Well, and Morgan among others competed for the homeowner's dollar against small local craftsmen.
The advent of electricity made appliances mandatory. Vacuum cleaners, washing machines, toasters, electric stoves, and fans were just a few of the new tools designed to save time and add comfort to daily tasks. Until the 1920s, appliances were popular, but during the Jazz Age, they became indispensable. Electric refrigeration replaced the ice box by the end of the decade ... a sweeping innovation with huge benefits that literally changed the way families ate.
In the coming months, we'll post articles and images of vintage kitchens from advertising, articles, and books that will help you combine the charm of the 1920s in your home.
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