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7 Vintage Kitchens of the Future Films
This DVD collection consists of seven vintage films highlighting kitchens and the dream kitchens of the future. I admit it - I love kitchens! I enjoy looking at pictures of them, love to dream and design my "ultimate kitchen," and when I visit friends, I always check out their kitchens. So these vintage films are a lot of fun for me (some of them remind me of my grandmother's and mother's kitchens) - and I hope for you too.
Total running time is approximately 1 hour 51 minutes
Step-Saving Kitchen (1949) - This film demonstrates a U-shaped kitchen developed by the housing staff of the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics. Advocates and demonstrates modern farm kitchens. A good film dedicated to the science of kitchen life and saving the housewife from chores around the kitchen. There are great shots of kitchen appliances, cooking, shelves, the stove and cake! 13 min.
Practical Dreamer (1957) - A fantasy of kitchen planning and modernization. Edie dreams about redoing her kitchen. Most of the advice she receives from the disembodied voice in her dream is sound advice that would be applicable to designing a kitchen today, though many of the steel cabinets and counters would be considered dated. (Of course the counters and cabinets are steel. U.S. Steel is the sponsor) The fifties-style illustrations are interesting. 13 min.
Frigidaire Imperial Line (1956) - When released, the Imperial line ooooooozed with decadence and style. You would be king or queen of the heap if you owned these appliances. This is a marketing film by Frigidaire aimed towards their sales people. (My mother had one of these refrigerators for 35 years, although the exact model is not shown in this film. She refused to trade it in for a new one because she loved it so much.) Take a trip back in time when style was king. 20 min.
Frigidaire Finale (1957) - "The Sheer Look" was Frigidaire's tagline for its 1957 line of refrigerators, ranges and washer-dryers, and refers to their straight-line, square-cornered, "flat" styling, which was an innovation at a time when major appliances were all rounded and bulgy-looking. They were the first of their kind, and spelled the end of the traditional blimp-like 1950s refrigerator. The ad campaign features models in evening gowns and elbow-length gloves, holding their arms in an odd position so that their fingertips meet at right angles (symbolizing "sheer" square corners). 4 min.
Mother Takes a Holiday (1952) - Instead of demanding up to date washing machines and dryers, the two housewives in this infomercial for Whirlpool appliances continue to slave away the old fashioned way. The three daughters take their Moms on a camping trip, leaving the fathers at home with all the laundry. The daughters thought of a rather curious plan that since one of the fathers has a new Whirlpool washer, the other fathers will want one for themselves! Pretty sneaky! There is also this subplot of one of the daughters writing a thesis on Freedom of the American Woman. All through this is a nice history of the washing machine, and how it's constructed. Nicely photographed in rich color, and quite excellently paced. 28 min.
A Brighter Day (1950s) - This film, sponsored by Beatrice Foods, showcases the Beatrice Foods Test Kitchen, which is just like an ordinary 50s kitchen, except it contains a laboratory any mad scientist would be proud of and the women in it get paid to cook. However, in all other ways it tries to be as much like a home kitchen as possible, right down to having Dick York around to be the requisite teenage boy with an appetite like an entire army, who spends his time stealing freshly-baked cookies. This is really like a filmed recipe booklet, containing meals, Jell-O molds, a housewife in an all-metal 50s kitchen, dinette sets, table settings, and, since its sponsored by Beatrice, an insistence that as many dairy products as possible be served every day. To top it off, there is a whole section on ice cream desserts at the end. 19 min.
Out of This World (1964?) - This movie starts off with a woman going to the Futurama exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair. We take a look at the house of tomorrow where we then see a woman demonstrate some inventions of tomorrow (although cooking a roast in a few minutes still has yet to be perfected). The film then presents designs from the far corners of the world. The kitchens and the actress herself morph into many worldly designs. Lots of great vintage kitchen designs! 13 min.