Item #17358 Min-a-Kit Book. Now You Can Plan your Kitchen the Youngstown Way. Home Edonomics.
Min-a-Kit Book. Now You Can Plan your Kitchen the Youngstown Way.
Min-a-Kit Book. Now You Can Plan your Kitchen the Youngstown Way.
Min-a-Kit Book. Now You Can Plan your Kitchen the Youngstown Way.
Min-a-Kit Book. Now You Can Plan your Kitchen the Youngstown Way.

Min-a-Kit Book. Now You Can Plan your Kitchen the Youngstown Way.

[Warren, Ohio: Mullins Manufacturing Corp. 1945 ]. First edition. Before World War II, Youngstown steel cabinets were too expensive for middle-class homes, but wartime innovations in assembly-line manufacturing drove costs down. By the end of the war, then, Youngstown products could be marketed to a much broader audience of women. In the present item, women are cast as homemakers not just in the sense of cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the family, but also in the sense of literally making the structure of the home. Here, consumer culture, labor in the home, and the aesthetics of domesticity become intrinsic to American femininity in the postwar era. Illustrated throughout with kitchen scenes featuring Youngstown cabinets, with accents in red and yellow and two pages printed in full color. Also with six pages of paper models of appliances that can be cut out and folded to create model kitchens. A near-fine copy of a rare item. Original fully color-printed paper wrappers illustrated with a design of a woman arranging a model kitchen. Oblong quarto. 18 pp. Item #17358

“Women of America have created standards of living, finest in the world. Their personality, taste and ingenuity are expressed in their homes. Their ideas for making work easier have guided Science and Industry in producing modern materials, equipment, and conveniences available today. Wide-spread feminine appreciation and purchase of work-saving items have created such a demand that manufacturers are producing them in large quantities and at reasonable prices so the great mass of American people can enjoy them,” (p. 3).

OCLC records only one copy (Winterthur Museum).

Price: $275.00

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