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1920 The Kitchen Plan Book – Hoosier Manufacturing Company

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Hoosier had a competition for the best kitchen design from 343 architects and designers in the early 1900’s. They put 50 of the plans in The Kitchen Design Book. Here are the first three, including the winner A. Thomson Thorne.

All the photos are from REVIVALthedigest on flickr

The Kitchen Plan Book

The Kitchen Plan Book

The Kitchen Plan Book

The Kitchen Plan Book


Hoosier Cabinets On Flickr

When you spend all day on the computer where do you end up?

With me it’s Flickr. I could wander all day and always find what I’m looking for.

This week it was Hoosier or Hoosier style cabinets – the Flickr photostreams have never let me down and there’s a Hoosier Cabinet group. Who knew?

Let’s look at some Hoosier’s –

From fiberartsfinatic – What great hardware!

Hoosier Cabinet

From lalapapawawa on flickr this piece is at The Marietta Museum of History in Marietta Georgia.

Detail of Hoosier Cabinet

From WayNet.org a Hoosier found in an antique store in Cambridge City, Indiana –

Hoosier Cabinet

From firexbrat a more modern design with great window detail –

Hoosier

From thors332 a beauty (love the imperfection and rooster, sweet)-

Hoosier Cabinet

I could keep going but


Update on The Hoosier Cabinet Series



I’m behind as usual. Xmas is here. Got a bunch of work in from one of my ebay clients and left The Hoosier’s in the dust. But only for a few days!

There’s so much I love about these cabinets. So many things were happening in history at the turn-of-the-century. I find it all fascinating!

In the next week I’ll take a look at The Hoosier Manufacturing Company’s Kitchen Design Book, all those great glass Hoosier jars and how they’ve become one “hot” collectable and what happened Hoosier company.

And lots and lots of pictures of Hoosier’s.

Source: youtube.com via Jan on Pinterest


Part 3 – The Look and Design of The American Hoosier Cabinet


1905 Hoosier Ad (above from http://tennessee.inetgiant.com/nashville/addetails/hoosier-cabinet-s-springfield/13379535)- shows accessories and how the Hoosier was used

Early 1900’s Hoosier from an article by Marye Audet

What exactly is a Hoosier cabinet? I love the term “a culinary work-station”. It allowed owners to maintain an efficient and clutter-free kitchen by centralizing utensils, cookware, tools, and ingredients all the while providing a space in which to prepare the meals of the day. A true modern American innovation of the turn-of-the century.

The Hoosier takes the design idea from what was known as a baker’s cabinet.

The basic wood piece has an upper and lower cabinet. These had closing cupboards and drawers for storage. There were often “possum belly” drawers to hold flour and sugar. These drawers would be of tin to protect the contents from pests.

The lower section usually had a waist height pull out cutting or pastry board. The counter top was first made of wood, and then metal (zinc, aluminum or porcelain).

The most fantastic thing are the accessories. Flour sifters, bread drawers lined with enamel, bread boards, storage containers, different racks and hooks, salt and peppers, ironing boards and broom closets.

 

 

Hoosier also used glass from Sneath Glass Company to make jars. The earlier glass canisters were squarer in shape. During the early 1920s the shapes became more rounded. As time went on more additions were made to make the cabinet more efficient. Ironing boards, umbrella stands and other additions were created as the manufacturers’ imaginations soared.

Once the Hoosier cabinet took off the company built over four million cabinets between 1900 and 1940. Other companies started building their own styles and many were being home made by cabinet makers.

Who made them doesn’t matter, they all have been termed as “The Hoosier Cabinet”.


Part 2 – 1900 The Hoosier Manufacturing Company

The who’s and how’s of the Hoosier Cabinet’s start are a bit conflicting.

On the youtube video we’re led to believe the Hoosier was invented by J.S. McQuinn who sold farming supplies. The dates and occupations of the owners of The Hoosier Manufacturing Company aren’t jiving for me but we’re pushing on.

I see some smart businessmen including J. S. McQuinn joining together to form the company. The stockholders and officers were: President, J. M. Maring (of Muncie); vice-president, T. F. Hart (of Muncie) and secretary and treasurer, J. S. McQuinn.

Here’s what I found about J.S. McQuinn from Biography Of Henry County, Indiana B. F. Bowen 1920.

“The secretary and treasurer, J. S. McQuinn, was born in Fayette County, Illinois, and was there reared and educated.

In 1886 he went to Findlay, Ohio, for the purpose of engaging in window glass manufacturing, and remained there for seven years.

In 1894 he went to Albany, Indiana, where in 1896, he organized the Albany State Bank, was elected its cashier and remained in that position for four years. While in the bank his attention was called to the kitchen cabinet and, seeing the fine opportunity open to the person who should take hold of its manufacture, he sold his interest in the bank and concentrated his energies upon the manufacture of this article.

That his judgment at that time was not at fault is attested by the wonderful success, which has attended the enterprise. The growth of the business has far surpassed all expectations and its present relative growth is greater than ever before.

The subject’s son, Emmett G. McQuinn, is advertising manager and has entire charge of the fieldwork, devoting his entire attention to the details of the business.

Since becoming interested in the enterprise the subject has removed to New Castle and has attained to a high standing among the businessmen of the City.

Fraternally he is a Mason belonging to both the blue lodge and the chapter. He and his son are both men of ripe business experience and have demonstrated their fitness for the positions they occupy as the managers of the enterprise described in the foregoing lines.”

1910 – Hoosier Manufacturing Company

The Hoosier Manufacturing Company was established February 27, 1900. The citizens of New Castle offered the promoters of the enterprise two thousand dollars bonus if they would locate in this city and guarantee to employ twenty-five men eight months each year. This offer, together with the fact that New Castle offered superior shipping facilities, decided them upon this location.

The plant is located in the southern part of the city and consists of two buildings, a main building, built of brick, two stories and a basement, seventy by one hundred and forty-two feet, and a wareroom, sixty by seventy-two feet. A capital of about fifty thousand dollars is invested in the enterprise and forty-five men are employed every working day in the year, the pay-roll and expense for local material amounting to about one thousand dollars a week, all of this money going directly into local circulation. The output of the factory now amounts to nearly two hundred complete kitchen cabinets each week, and sales are made of the article in every state in the Union, and many foreign countries.

“The Hoosier Manufacturing Company stands among the best, not only on account of the amount of business transacted, but also because of the beneficent work it is doing in lightening the burdens of thousands of housewives all over the United States. The company’s motto is Steps saved in the kitchen gives woman strength and energy for other things, and in the designing of the article of kitchen furniture which they manufacture they have taken this fact into consideration and have put upon the market the most compact, convenient and best arranged kitchen cabinet ever manufactured.”