We love this photo from around 1900 of a young woman showing off her new stove!  As you see in the background, this house also has running water and likely even a hot water heater with the hot water tank!

Home Economics departments began to pop up at colleges around the U.S. in the early 1900s.  Here we see a group of students working at a school in Madison, Wisconsin around 1910.  Courtesy:  UW Digital Collections.

In many small homes in big cities, the kitchen also served as a workshop, especially in tenement housing.  This December, 1911 photo shows two women, one hard at work on the cooking and another doing her day job on the sewing machine.  


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