Sunday, 2 January 2011
After The Party?
My Bro was ever a one for taking Candid Camera, unposed photographs, which are now proving to be true snatches of history! How's this for a Sepia Saturday special? I've just come across it in a file of old shots he emailed me earlier this year, and you can see my Mum and my cousin's husband as washer-upper and wiper-upper after some family get together, somewhen during the 60's.
The tiny kitchen was in my parent's flat, and the picture is full of details that make it obvious it's from a bygone age. Look at that Ascot water heater, and the brass tap over the big, Butler sink!
It must have been late summer, early autumn, I guess, looking at the row of tomatoes across the window frame, put there to ripen in the sun, no doubt. The sprightly lettuce in the bottom right hand corner of the picture would suggest a touch of over catering, if there was this much left over?! It's dish is standing on the drop down, enamelled flap of a traditional kitchen cupboard of the day - the top cupboard door of which is showing slightly ajar above it. That, and the cupboard in its base, was the only storage available. Large weekly shopping orders were unheard of - catering was mostly done on a 'buy it daily and use it' system - apart from goods which could be stored in the refrigerator that you can see to the left of the sink.
What a far cry from the fitted kitchens many people enjoy today, with their mod cons and matching units!