The photograph here was taken in a flat in Carden Avenue in 1947. As you can see, our modern kitchens are light years ahead of this housewife’s very spartan environment.
She has a gas cooker, but if you look closely on shelf above the cooker, you will see she has an electric iron. At this time some housewives were still using the old flat iron which you heated either by the fire or on the gas burner. Of course no kitchen of the time was complete without the ubiquitous copper boiler.
As a preschool child I remember my Grandma’s copper boiler. If I think back I can almost smell the aroma of hot wet clothes. My favourite part of washing day was helping Grandma put the clothes through the mangle which stood in the back yard.
Do you remember a kitchen like this? Do you remember the familiar washing day routines? Please share your memories by posting a comment below.