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Anchor Hocking Anchorglass "Tulip" and "Black/Red Polka Dots" mixing bowl sets were advertised in the late 1940s or early 1950s. From the size of the original ad and the paper quality, this may be from Ladies Home Journal; there's a Rath Black Hawk Meats ad on the reverse. Can anyone identify? To order copies, please see Glassware: Magazine Ads & Illustrations - Color.

Song of the Kitchen

I've sung the pomp and pageantry of kings,
Of pearls and peacocks, fauns and pheasants' wings.
Let's talk of things much closer to the heart . . .
Of kitchens and of culinary art.

The shining stove, the Frigidaire, the book
Of well-thumbed recipes, the breakfast nook,
The pots and pans, the oilcloth on the shelves,
The cookie jar where youngsters help themselves,
The spotless floor, the scrubbed and shining walls,
What pleasant memories the word recalls.

Thanksgiving Days and Christmases of yore.
Persistent as a fly beside the door
I stayed, nor words nor threats could make me go.
I saw the angel-cakes as light as snow
Emerge for creamy frosting, white and thick,
And begged to have the mixing bowl to lick. . . .

The kitchen sounds are worthy of some praise,
The plop of kneaded dough on baking days,
The knives' tattoo against the chopping board,
The syrup's cheerful gurgle as it's poured,
The kettle's blithesome singing while it boils,
The pleasant sizzle of a steak that broils,
The blurping and the bubbling of stews,
The family cat's persuasive hungry mews,
The dishpan's clatter and the water's swish,
The smothered Damn when Cookee drops a dish,
The leaky tap that drips a little tune,
The utter quiet of the afternoon.
And then at night, when silence rules the house,
The squeaking of a tiny frightened mouse.

The colors of the kitchen are so bright,
The yellow curtains filtering the light,
The kitchen china, gaudy blues and reds,
The crinkled jade-like green of lettuce heads,
The guinea gold of butter and the yolks
Of eggs, the varied greens of artichokes,
The egg-plant's regal purple and the blush
Of ripe tomatoes or the deeper flush
Of ruddy beet juice crimsoning a pan,
A rainbow to delight a hungry man. . . .

~~Don Blanding
Songs of the Seven Senses, 1931

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We are in the process of updating this page. For a few kitchen-related items, please see Depression Glass. If you are interested in kitchen decor from the 1920s through the 1950s, we also have a number of magazine ads and illustrations showing appliances, glassware, pottery or china, etc. Please send an SASE with your inquiry or contact me via E-mail. Thanks!

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