5/31/10

The Vintage Home #3: Kitchens



I'm not much into golf.  If I want to get drunk with friends, I'll do it in a bar where it's not so damn hot. As far as hobbies and pastimes go - collecting vintage stuff has been my bag for several years now.  It's cheaper than golfing, and I actually feel like I'm contributing to society a tiny bit.

How so? Call me crazy, but I foresee a day when books like Planning & Remodeling Kitchens (1976) are gone.  Sure there's thousands like this at flea markets across the country, but how long are these tattered and faded books going to be around? They have value - they are time capsules.  I don't think there'll be a need to preserve the 2000s because there's simply so much digitized out there, it'll never be in danger of being lost.  However, images of kitchens from 1976 aren't always easy to come by unless someone's taken the time to scan an old publication or photograph.



Don't get me wrong, I'm not equating vintage ephemera preservation with feeding the homeless; however, I am saying that it does give something back, however small.  That motel brochure you have from 1973 sitting in an old shoebox in your closet may very well be the last image of that motel in existence.  If you throw it away, that memory is gone forever.  If you scan it and share it on the internet, it will be shared, multiplied, and possibly around for many, many years to come.  And better yet, someone out there may have a very personal and significant memory of that motel, and now has that image to bring it back to life - thanks to you.

So, with that being said, let's take a look at some pages from this book.  Perhaps it will spark some memories, or perhaps even better, it will inform those too young to remember what it was like. Enjoy!









7 comments:

  1. A bird cage above stove and table? I'll eat out, thanks.

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  2. Yeah, I think the guy sitting under the bird cage just found a "present" in his wine glass.

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  3. I've had fever dreams that look similar to the birdcage kitchen pic. I guarantee the wine guy is not wearing pants.

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  4. Brown! So appetizing.

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  5. No avocado! How can that be?

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  6. that 2nd pic reminds me of ikea

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  7. You are so right about how uploading old pictures can preserve memories for someone else. I barely have access to anything from my childhood out in the real world, but I have found photos of so many places I knew and shows that I had watched, and books I had read. It has been wonderful to be able to recapture those things.

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