Collection is a representative, but not yet comprehensive,
body of household and kitchen utensils or implements from
the period between 1870 and 1930. This sixty years represent
the peak of tinplate for the making of kitchenware, but it
also covers those years when there were significant shifts
in the American way of life with corresponding changes in
diet and kitchen utensils or tools.
was rarely immediate or all-encompassing. There was always
a transition from one stage to another with an overlap between
old and new occurring over a period of years. Change generally
affected urban populations before it reached rural or frontier
areas. The wealthy were more prone to try new ideas before
middle class or poor. Geography was also a factor as new technology,
products or styles originated on the East coast or coming
from Europe were assimilated before filtering inland.
During this period, a housewife
in Baltimore could be expected to have a quite different array
of kitchenware than a housewife in Nebraska, Colorado or the
Territories. Usually, the more isolated the area, the more
basic the selection of pots and pans. Rural families had different
kitchen requirements than factory workers living in cities,
and there were numerous other conditions dictating kitchen
design and utensils.
includes a maunscript on tinplate household and kitchenwares
from 18701930, approximately 1,600 items and a catalog
of the items arranged in the following categories: utensils,
pans, containers, household and miscellaneous. Research text
includes: fabrication & materials, design, historical
context, food preservation, timelines, glossaries and bibliography.
collection has been donated to the Arizona Historical Society
Museum at Tempe, Arizona.