Thursday, September 25, 2008

Four Gay Kitchens (1956)

This one-page photo-article appeared originally in the March, 1956 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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The kitchens shown remind me of my mother.

Not just because I think she probably would have found them a bit ghastly, but because she loved the word 'gay'.

My mom was born in 1925 in San Francisco, and lived in the bay area all of her life.

I never knew her to be homophobic, but I do recall how she would occasionally voice her slight resentment at how popular usage changed the the common meaning of 'gay'.

So she continued to use it, convention be damned!

She enjoyed many things that were brightly colored, showy, festive, cheerful in nature, or pleasant in disposition (though again, she may have felt differently about these kitchens), so I can see where she'd have missed losing such a perfectly succint word.

I guess she felt it still had good mileage left on it...

7 comments:

sanba38 said...

Have you ever featured the classic song "Reuben, Reuben", by the way?

The In Crowd said...

Sanba38 - -

- - As in: "Reuben, Reuben, I've been thinking, what a queer world this would be..."??

Is that the song you mean?
Nope. Haven't gotten to that one...

Preston said...

Where do you find all this cool stuff? We all agree at my work that each kitchen is definitely gay. And I would know... (please don't rat me out for looking at your blog at work!)

Anonymous said...

I want the turquoise stove and fridge.

Sparkleneely said...

happy, gay, straight, whatever... I want the pink kitchen!!!!!

I'm so happy you share with us!

Donna Lethal said...

My "Liberace Cooks" cookbook would be right at home.

Lee said...

I want the "indoor garden" kitchen - I love retro stoves and am dumping my so-called modern one for refurbished retro.