Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The 1975 Kitchen

I always pick up old mail order catalogues when I see them, the price was right this time, I paid $3 for this Eaton's catalogue  a couple of weeks ago.    For all you non - Canadians out there, Eaton's was the first catalogue to be distributed by a Canadian retailer - we used this mail order service from 1884 - 1976.  They're a really neat collectible, offering a very interesting look at the way it was - be it, fashion or household goods.


Come in and take a look at the kitchen  - maybe you remember some of these things from your Mom and Dad's kitchen  or maybe you were set up in your own home in 1975.  Click on any pic for a closer look.


Avocado, Coppertone and white were the big colours, plus Harvest Gold, of course!


We had a Coppertone dishwasher at home, everything else was always white.


Didn't everybody have a "rugged dinette suite that resisted mars and wiped clean?"  We had a brown one, it's a good thing we didn't have the Coppertone appliances, that would have been a really  dark kitchen!


Of course, an easy care vinyl tablecloth was the regular topper!


And, wall paper, of course!


I'm so glad these cafe curtains have gone out of fashion.  I used to have a pair myself in the 80's - in shades of brown!


The appliances don't look much different.  I remember Mom & Dad getting me an electric frying pan, I thought that was a necessity for housekeeping!


There's a change, for sure, in coffee makers and kettles - who could have even imagined a Tassimo or Keurig back then?


Three patterns of Corelle Livingware were available - Butterfly Gold, Spring Blossom Green and Old Town Blue - a 20 piece set was $31.95


Ironstone was just a bit fancier


Spice O'Life was big that year!    Lots of wooden ware for the kitchen too .


Cookware was colourful.


And, didn't everybody have a canister set with the breadbox?


Bring back any memories?



18 comments:

  1. I have an electric fryer that I use just about every week! It's a great way to fry chicken or potatoes and contain the mess:-)

    I loved looking at those photos. I'm a little young to remember any of those type of items in my household but it's fun to see the things that I run into at the thrifts.

    Have a great week!

    Erica

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  2. Oh wow, there's a picture of my grandmother's dinnette set! She had one just like it, and I had avocado green EVERTHING in my first home! Even the bathroom fixtures were green and the other bathroom was harvest gold! I can't stand those colors now! :-)
    Those electric frypans cooked the best potroast and potatoes!
    Thanks for the memories!

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  3. Just like the Thrift Sisters I enjoy my electric fry pan from the 70's, makes the best fried chicken. Enjoyed this post, thanks for the memories.

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  4. What fun pictures to look at! Lots of things could have been found in my grandmas kitchen or some in my parents. I'm with the rest of the girls, I use my electric fry pan all of the time! Its one of the main staples in the camper.

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  5. Love this post and these pictures Jill. They bring back a lot of memories indeed. We were married in 1977 so our house we bought came with harvest gold stove and fridge. I still have and use my butterfly Corelle dishes and my old electric frying pan is great for making pancakes. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :-)

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  6. We had the green fridge, as well as orange patterned carpeting in the kitchen!! And green shag in the living room. Ouch. I still miss Eatons!

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  7. Haha! I can't quite grasp the concept of an electric frying pan. ??? lol
    I unboxed my Spice Of Life clear storage containers the other day, and my sister was like "What the heck are those, ewww!
    lol
    thanks for sharing Jill!
    Erica :)

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  8. Old catalogs offer such a neat look into the past. I would love to have one of those awesome dinette sets for $204! Great find and thanks for sharing!

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  9. Hi, Jill! Oh boy, lots of memories in that catalog! My mom had an electric frying pan and I learned how to make Spanish rice in it before i left home. I've always wanted one of my own for cooking outside in the summer time.

    The only canister set I remember was the one my mom made in ceramics class- gold toned mushroom ones!

    Thanks for coming by. I look forward to exploring your blog! ♥

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  10. Isn't it fun to look back at things like that? I have an old Sears catalogue. You could even order a house kit from them!

    Judy

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  11. I have a few eatons catalogues from the 1970s too, Ive seen a few things I know my parents had. They were marred in 1984, but I guess the style of applicanes didnt change too much. I always see the colourful cookware at VV. I should start collecting it! Although now that Ive said hat Im sure I wont be able to find any. Haha.

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  12. Ah!! I just went down memory lane. So much fun to see all the pictures in the catalog. My life of 1975 (11 years old) just flashed before my eyes.
    Lesa
    www.everydaynotesblog.com

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  13. I never thought of looking for an old catalogue. Maybe b/c I haven't ever seen one in my search. I will look now...very fun!

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  14. Alot of my childhood things are in this post.
    My family had a dinette like the ones shown. We grew up with the Corelle dishes in the green and had some blue too for good measure I suppose.
    Mom always made things in her spice of life casserole dishes and we had a wood salad set. I actually really liked using the wood salad bowls.

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  15. My grandparents had the avocado appliances, including their washer and dryer!

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  16. How fun! Love the cookware. And I lived in an apartment not too long ago that still had a gold fridge and stove!!

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  17. I love seeing the prices of everything. Some things were pretty expensive even back then. I still use Corelle dishes! lol Hugs! PS I had Harvest Gold appliances!

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  18. Jill
    I wasn't raised in Canada but I was raised with many of those same products. Kind of fun to flip through the old catalog, I bet!
    First Eatons closed, and now Zellars. I'm really going to miss it.

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