A Word to the Wives
1955. What had more chrome and steel than the behemoths coming of the assembly lines in Detroit? Kitchens. These 1950s sales films about dream kitchens turn me green with envy. Recently I became entranced by a film that featured a stove with a built in boiling pot (you lose a burner but gain a pasta pot!!) and a built-in periscope that allowed you to peer into the oven. Never mind the logistics of bending over a piping hot electric range — or the fact that all you really needed was a transparent glass oven door — here’s a nuclear sub periscope in your own kitchen!
A Word to the Wives features Marsha Hunt as an alarmingly devious woman who helps her best friend trick her unsuspecting husband (Darren McGavin!) into not only buying the kitchen of her dreams, but an entire house along with it.
I once watched a film on a concept kitchen that featured irradiated food drawers to keep your groceries fresh. Ponder this:
“The Army Quartermaster Corps concluded early on that wholesome, economical, shelf-stable field rations could be provided through irradiation. However, early sensory evaluation of sterilized (1) irradiated meats described it as having a “wet dog aroma.””
We still irradiate certain foods, albeit not with nuclear cancer rays, and alas, not in our own veggie crispers.
Last week I did my part to help UN-modernize a friend’s kitchen. She collects Depression Glass so I bought her a lovely lime green glass juicer for her birthday. Depression Glass can also be known as Vaseline Glass or… Uranium Glass. Wonder if you’ve got some stored away in the attic? Just bring out your trusty UV light. It will glow in the dark.