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What an Untouched Kitchen from the 1950s Looks Like Today

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Like walking back in time, furniture designer Nathan Chandler opened the door on a home he bought in 2010 and found the kitchen in nearly original condition from when it was built in 1956. For some reason the original owners built the house but never lived in it, keeping it sealed away and rarely using the pastel pink General Electric appliances that were installed from the start.

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While you could watch old I Love Lucy or Leave it to Beaver episodes to get a look at mid-century kitchens, it’s not really the same in black and white. Even old color films don’t look quite the same as reality. Here we are treated to a modern-day vision of exactly what some industrious ’50s housewives were dealing with – top loading dishwasher, cupboard-mounted refrigerator and all.

Find more pictures of this museum-quality scene (which has since been sold and moved to a new location) on Flickr. Learn more about Nathan Chandler’s work on his personal website.

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Written by Benjamin Starr of VisualNews