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Mad Men Inspired: Stainless Steel…Then and Now

Today I’m thinking about the season premier of Mad Men.  Devotees of the show have been waiting with bated breath for Season 6 to begin, and last night’s first episode did not disappoint.  I thought, like many other bloggers, that it would be fun to dig up a photo of a kitchen from the 60s, which I did, but I also found this great 1960’s ad from McLouth Steel Corp. in Detroit, Michigan, touting the virtues of stainless steel.  “If she takes pride in her home — give her a kitchen of stainless steel!”  Who would have known that using stainless steel in the kitchen would have lasted the test of time like it has!


The October 1961 issue of House Beautiful magazine featured this kitchen, and if you look closely you’ll notice that stainless steel is used in several different applications.  The cooktop, sink, counter tops and hood (I’m not sure if the faucets are stainless or chrome) are all made with stainless steel.  Look at the scalloped edge on that hood!


Fast-forward fifty years to see that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Fan favorite, Ina Garten, chef, cookbook author and Food Network TV personality, allowed Town and Country magazine into her Paris flat in 2008 to discuss her love of Parisian life and, of course, cooking.  Photos reveal a fabulous kitchen with a stunning La Cornue range and…stainless steel cabinets, hood and backsplash!  What fascinates me is that this material that’s been used for decades, continues to be employed in many different applications.  Whether it’s used for appliances, counter tops, fixtures, cabinets, tiles or backsplashes, stainless steel in the kitchen has certainly endured.

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