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1973 kitchen brochure
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Post# 707024   10/3/2013 at 15:55 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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Hi I've photographed ( as cannot scan ) a 1973 kitchen brochure from the uk by dainty maid it was very typical of the time and does feature some vintage appliances. A kenwood a1212 see separate post of the one I've just got plus several ovens hobs etc. Sadly no washers as I'm guessing although nearly everyone in uk at that time had washers in the kitchen the brochure is suggesting more of a middle class tone with perhaps a separate utility room

1st is a bit like the kitchen we had but that's not my mam !


Post# 707025 , Reply# 1   10/3/2013 at 15:55 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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Post# 707026 , Reply# 2   10/3/2013 at 15:56 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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A bit ott could anyone fill those cupboards !!

Post# 707027 , Reply# 3   10/3/2013 at 15:57 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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Post# 707028 , Reply# 4   10/3/2013 at 15:58 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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Post# 707029 , Reply# 5   10/3/2013 at 15:59 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
Close up for Al

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Post# 707030 , Reply# 6   10/3/2013 at 15:59 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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Post# 707035 , Reply# 8   10/3/2013 at 16:02 (2,091 days old) by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        

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8 sorry for poor quality

Post# 707134 , Reply# 9   10/4/2013 at 04:31 (2,090 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Grovewood Daintymaid Kitchens

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Thank you very much for taking the time to photograph this wonderful brochure, I will have to pop round with a scanner one of these days :)

One thing that always strikes me with these old brochures (and indeed when I look at some even older American ones) how little kitchens have changed over the years - at least in this country since the mid/late 1960s. Furnishing and decoration fashions change, but the fundamentals remain pretty much unchanged. Anyway, on to comments:

I believe the single oven shown in replies 3 & 7 is a Westinghouse. Note also in reply 3 that the Kenwood dishwasher now sports a front Rinseaid reservoir were the older pictures posted over in Imperial do not.

You might also have noticed in the Imperial thread that the Kenwood dishwasher is quite small, although in fact its pretty much similar to the "squared off" Colston models that were its main competitor at the time. You can see how neatly it fits in to the cabinets shown in reply 3, which gives a clue to the reason for the size. At the time the standard cabinet module was 21" x 21" rather than the metric and larger 24" x 24" (60x60cm). Which also explains why most freestanding cookers (ranges) and fridges where 21" wide - something that, to an extent, still persists to this very day although the larger metric standard module was adopted nearly 40 years ago. Likewise UK built washers at the time tended to be shallower front to back than what we are now accustomed to.

In reply 4 you can see the (built like a tank) Cannon gas cooker which had a eye level foldaway grill (broiler). A few months ago Rob (Aquarius1984) did a thread about his later version (actually I don't think the re-style was that much later than the date of this brochure) of this same cooker, which does look a bit dated, but then the design had been around for about 10 years at this stage. It was not until a couple of years later that we actually saw fridges and freezers specifically designed for building-in in the UK (although they did exist in Europe) so another couple of years (and from memory only one brand - Tricity) in so the fridge shown in reply 4 is a fee standing model that has been built in, it looks to me like a Philips going by the handle.

Onto reply 6 and the "close up for Al". Richard, particular thanks for this for you have shed light on another forgotten item. The stainless steel finish oven is a Tricity double oven, and one of the most common sold here - helped in that the styling did not change that much over the first 10 or so years of its production. No, its the fridge beside it which is getting me excited (I really MUST get out more!). Its another free standing fridge, this time a Tricity Vogue. Actually this is quite an old model for the date of the brochure, as the range had been updated earlier in the 1970s and indeed I think the Vogue range was dropped by this time. I have not seen a picture of one of these for maybe 40 years, so great to see it again. Also when I look at it, the controls for the hob are older than I would have expected for this period too, so perhaps they re-used some equipment they already had.

This was a good way to start a Friday morning!


Post# 707138 , Reply# 10   10/4/2013 at 04:56 (2,090 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Is It Still Fairly Common

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To fit out one's new apartment or even home's kitchen, or do they already come equipped with all the mod cons?

Post# 707147 , Reply# 11   10/4/2013 at 06:06 (2,090 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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For newly built houses and apartments unless agreed otherwise they will usually come with kitchens and it is quite common for them to come to appliances too, unfortunately these are "builders grade" and will generally (not always) lack the quality and durability we have come to value.

So, for example, my better half's apartment (new in 2010) has a complete open plan kitchen and came with built in range (hob and single oven), free standing fridge and freezer (I would normally have expected them to be integrated - free standing appliance with a door to match the rest of the cupboards - these are rather along the line of US dishwashers in that they generally don't have a white cabinet) and a free-standing washer dryer set into (rather than built into) a hall closet. he removed the freezer to another hall closet and installed a (Bosch) dishwasher in its place.

However, in more upmarket developments, there can be a choice of cabinet finishes, tiles and appliances and also bathroom sanitary ware within a set budget. A friend of BH has just recently moved into a new built house and I was quite impressed with the finish of the cabinets etc. which were chosen from a selection supplied by the developer, in this case the appliances were all Electrolux. In every case the standard was higher than I would have expected from a developer.


Post# 707151 , Reply# 12   10/4/2013 at 06:28 (2,090 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Was Wondering...

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....As the first few photos appeared - where were the Spanish tiles? There was a huge vogue for them in U.K. kitchens in the early '70s.

But then the photos of the white kitchen with the red Spanish tiles came up, and all was well.

Now, if there were only some flat-pack pine cupboards - you know, the ones with the louvered doors....

P.S.: All this was in much better taste than many American kitchens of the time, with their ugly green- and mustard- hued appliances, and total Mediterranean madness on their carved cabinet fronts.

(Photo from Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, 1972; the actors are Vivien Merchant and Alec McCowen)

Post# 707155 , Reply# 13   10/4/2013 at 06:38 (2,090 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
There was a huge vogue for them in U.K. kitchens in the earl

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Watched Ab Fab the other night when Eds and Pats went to Morocco and Edina was complaining that you couldn't find certain tiles anymore in the UK:

Edina: "Do you know something? You can't get those tiles in fired
earth for love nor money anymore. I mean even in Holland Park, darling!
I mean, it's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. They're over here just
hanging around on people's walls."

Post# 707157 , Reply# 14   10/4/2013 at 06:40 (2,090 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Well thank goodness for that. Was wondering when the UK was going to join the "modern world" and have homes and apartments fully fitted out when purchased/rented. Though know friends in Paris, France had to fit out not only their kitchen, but bathroom and WC as well. This was in the middle to late 1990's though, so maybe things have changed there as well.

Post# 707288 , Reply# 15   10/4/2013 at 20:46 (2,089 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        
It appears

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They were years ahead of Canada and the US when it came to the sleek modern look .

Post# 707992 , Reply# 16   10/8/2013 at 15:14 (2,086 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

In Sweden houses and apartments come fully "equipped" and have for decades. When I was there some Germans bought a house and it caused local mirth that they required the kitchen be delivered "empty" for their equipment. In Norway, by contrast, the appliances often go with on the move, but when you buy new, you still don't get new appliances as standard.

Those kitchens really are stylish - you can still buy variations on them.

Post# 707997 , Reply# 17   10/8/2013 at 15:56 (2,086 days old) by bellingmad (Northumberland)        
Love it!

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I have enjoyed looking at the brochure you have posted, really great to see! I love the built in Double oven and Fridge with the white panel. I viewed a house once to buy and it had just that, although they had the fridge and the freezer built in (tricity) I wanted to buy it just for those!!

Thanks Ian

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