Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sepia Saturday 125 : 12 May 2012



Sepia Saturday and the places we cook in!

Alan has posted our theme photo from

The Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle in 1878.

As for those turkeys....

"They might think I'm going to cook those birds, if they do the cleaning. But, I'm not! See you later boys!"

My first photo for this kitchen themed post, involved a mighty tasty dinner even if the lady of the house had other ideas.

and while
we're still thinking
  silly photos 
may I offer this?

Photo taken on May 4th 1906

The Palace Hotel Grill Kitchen.

Located on a city street
San Francisco, California.

Jokingly, but seriously street kitchens popped up all around town
after an earthquake
and they were named after famous hotels!

Okay, how about not so silly, but famous!

Famous how?  This is the kitchen of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
35th President of the United Sates
his birthplace,
83 Beals Street, Brookline, Norfolk County, MA.

Photo taken in 1970, as it appeared when he was growing up.

Located on the first floor, kitchen, view of stove, china cabinet and table and was shot from the rear hallway looking in.

Nice and cozy!

While on the subject of cozy, and comfortable....

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
as of this photo, at the Grove Farm, G.N. Wilcox House
"She's been there for 45 years."
What a pleasant smile!
A most spacious and roomy kitchen, not so comfy chairs, but my how her counters (and floor) shine. Who needs curtains or window coverings with such an amazing view of , Kauai County Hawaii?

Seriously, I have to chuckle while still at the Library of Congress prints department that they list this next photo as "A 1956 Typical Kitchen"

Obviously they were thinking Historic American Buildings, and not the more common metal kitchen counter version that I believe began in the 40's?

The windows are stunning though.

Of course there was a kitchen from Casa de los Azulejos that featured some exciting wood features as in the photo below.

This might possibly be my favorite.  Notice the tiles on the wall so artistically styled?

The double doors opening into their dining room maybe? The vented doors allow for light into the kitchen, while the enticing aromas
 breeze into the dining room perhaps?

On the subject of kitchens, it's really quite endless with the various scopes that one may travel.

For ages it seems, many women think their kitchen is one of the most important areas in their house.  Of course, there has been on occasion the man of the house that stretches the use of the kitchen, or rather the food sources often found in the kitchen.

As this gent below...

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington D.C. and H.L. Shrader, poultry expert at work on his huge bird before it was shipped to London.

The hen with the mechanical internal organs, surprised visitors at the World's Poultry Congress in London, by giving a brief lecture on how she utilized her food to make eggs!

Just goes without saying,
"A kitchen is never complete without chickens, and all their uses."

Well, it only seemed fitting, if I began this post with a few birds, I should complete it with a distant cousin?

Please do check out other Sepia Saturday posts!

Or perhaps post your own here


Riet said...

Oh how I love those enormous kitchens lovely in sepia. Have a nice weekend

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

You always come up with the best stuff, Karen! Loved the selection of kitchen photos today!

Kathy M.

Galen Pearl said...

Love the first two photos! Oh, the stories all those kitchens could tell!

Wendy said...

My favorite is the photo of the street kitchens named for famous hotels. What great attitudes especialy following an earthquake. Fun post Karen!

Food Smarts said...

All the photos are so interesting and I love the chicken at the end, having worked for many years for the California Egg Commission. The street kitchens are fabulous...I always wonder how people get fed during emergencies.

A very entertaining post.

Titania said...

Karen, thoroughly enjoyed again your post. Fascinated by the huge birds to the variety of kitchen through the years. The Spanish one is my favourite, a nice, place to cook!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

This was a wonderful presentation. Eating wild turkey in my early childhood certainly made an impression upon me. For the more I tried to chew it, the more it just balled up in my mouth. So, when it came time for me to go hunting, I wouldn't shoot a wild turkey because of not wanting to eat it. Deer, rabbits and squirrels were often on the menu, though.

Alan Burnett said...

A six course meal of a post. Some wonderful images - especially the one of the little lady in the big kitchen.

Little Nell said...

You cooked up a feast of delights here Karen. I loved all of it. I have to say the thought that little JFK sat at that table having his breakfast is sobering.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

karen!! you always find the best sepia images!! that '56 kitchen sure didn't look very 50's to me! my favorite is your first...the turkey raffle!! perfect picture...but i feel sorry for the gobblers!!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Haha! That giant chicken is FABULOUS! And I hope the woman got away with NOT cooking the turkeys!

Bob Scotney said...

The turkeys look as though they are still alive and waiting for a chance to escape. I was fascinated by the pictures you have shown us but surprised at the 'simple' Kennedy kitchen. One thing this week is teaching me is hope basic those old kitchens were, as was ours at my boyhood home.

Filip & Kristel said...

I most of the time don't like these sepia pictures but the second one with the lady in fantastic.


Kristin said...

I enjoyed the tour, starting with that photo of the three men with three turkeys over their shoulders.

barbara and nancy said...

I was surprised by the simplicity of the Kennedy kitchen. With so many children, how did they all fit at that little table? Maybe that one was used for the hired help while the family ate at their grand dining room next door.
Nice post. A wonderful collection of photos.

Postcardy said...

You found an interesting bunch of pictures. The Kennedy kitchen looks very typical of an early 20th century American kitchen.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

A wonderful kitchen tour! I really like the JFK kitchen. that appeals to me.

Judie said...

GREAT post, Karen!! I actually have chickens in the niche above my cabinets. My (dusty) collection even includes an early cardboard egg carton.

Our own kitchen back in the fifties looked nothing at all like the one you have pictured. Some people would love to have that sink today, though, wouldn't they??


darlin said...

Ohhh how I love these old kitchens, they are stunning! To think in the name of progress a lot of homes had the kitchen space downsized, maybe that's half of our societal problem, the heart of any home is found in the kitchen... decrease the heart and see what happens next! Just a thought, I think it'd take a wee bit more than larger kitchens to solve our issues in society, but hey, it's a start!

Have a fantastic weekend, cheers.

Brett Payne said...

A wonderful collection of kitchen scenes, thank you.

tony said...

Yes,Casa de los Azulejos is my favorite too.The First photo is rather surreal !Great Post.

Tattered and Lost said...

The lady in the hat at the table with the big lamp looks like she should be in a Tim Burton film. I can imagine some craziness about to ensue.

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

Very interesting and diverse post. The San Francisco photo was quite historic, I can only imagine what they had to do for food after the earthquake. Loved the Hawaiian kitchen, so big and open. Oh and those turkeys did not look too happy, wonder if they knew what was about to happen? And finally, what was up with that chicken?!


I'm surprised at how quaint I find JFK's kitchen... Others were more impressive. And your eclectic selection certainly ends with a bang, what with that poultry expert. I certainly didn't expect that!!!