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Montgomery, AL, United States, 2006/05/01 - Everyday I learn some new interesting fact about a piece of vintage kitchenalia. I am fascinated by trivia that is kitchen related. I thought I would share a few of my most recently learned facts about the history of items you may remember too..
Everyday I learn some new interesting fact about a piece of vintage kitchenalia. I am fascinated by trivia that is kitchen related. I thought I would share a few of my most recently learned facts about the history of items we all remember from Days Long Ago. All of these great facts can be found in the book, “Kitchen Antiques,1790-1940”, Collector Books, 1997, by Kathryn McNerney.
....The word kitchen is thought to have been eventually derived from “Cycene” or one of its forms noticed in Old English scripts covering about 500 years.
....Monasteries enjoyed the finest kitchens, established in separate buildings........
....American blacksmiths and other metal workers preferred filling orders to a customers fireplace measurements.
....The word “range” of Teutonic origin, meaning herein a row or series of openings (wells) over fires, generally became “cookstove” or merely “stove” by the mid-1800’s.
....with the innovation of stoves saving time and energies for cooks, kitchenwares also entered a new field....Manufacturers began to producein quantities with slight or drastic changes and improvements, steadily adding a multitude of entirely new gadgets with advertising advantages.
....”utensils” almost always automatically brings to mind the idea of smaller “instruments” ...extending the range of our hands’ capabilities. with such boundaries restrictive and often confusing, that word also properly includes “vessels” covering a multitude of material things in kitchens from primitive to present.
....Crock: Housewives found these wares scarce as the clay was not universally found and transportation costs were high. Arrival of the Erie Canal and better roads quickly accelerated building of new potteries and availability for purchasing increased.
....Although known centuries B.C., butter was more widely used for lighting oils and medicinal ointments than for food.
....to help earn needed extra monies, or when their animals gave more milk for drinking and resultant cream products than the cooks could use up and the family consume, excess printed molded butter was sold by housewives at weekly “market stands” or from the backs of their buggies and wagons along the walkway in the nearest town.
....flax wheels were easier to carry and store than the larger heavier wool wheels.......
....When the family moved up from corn schucks mattresses into those stuffed with saved feathers, one or more chore for the cook was to smooth down the pads every morning.....
....Lamps were hung as close as possible to the fireplaces so that drafts might carry the offensive odors (and smoke) up and out of the chimneys.
Mama’s Treasures has a large inventory of kitchen items from Primitives through the 1970’s. If the kitchen isn’t your thing, we have lots of Advertising, Primitives, Christmas, China & Dinnerware, Pottery, Home Decor, Garden, Jewelry, Lady’s Hats & Hankies and Vintage Sewing. We’ll always consider any reasonable offer and we love to answer questions. If you love kitchenalia or any kind of Old Stuff, then drop by Mama’s Treasures or visit our new specialty store on eBay, Lotties Kitchen. It’s the place where there is always a treasure waiting to be found. If you join our mailing list, you’ll get a monthly notice of new items, sales, and promotions. Right now you can save 15% Off everything in the store. Sale does not apply to Gift Certificates or Half Price Table Category Items , but does apply to Sale and Already Reduced Items. Every Order enters you in our drawing for a $25.00 Gift Certificate on May 31st.
Mama’s Treasures is a great place to browse and remember that kitchens are fun places as well as functional. Come visit us for all kinds of kitchen items or any old stuff that will bring back memories and put a smile on your face. If you care to shop and buy while you are there, that’s okay too. We also now offer a monthly newsletter on Kitchen collectibles through Tias. If you care to subscribe you can view a copy on the Tias home page. Just hit the Newsletters link at the top of the page and look for “From Mama’s Kitchen.” Remember Mama’s Treasures believes in striving for quality and affordable prices. Stop by to visit, we love to make new friends!