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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.

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Part 4 – Hoosier Cabinet Ads

It seems Emmett G. McQuinn (son of J.M. McQuinn) was in charge of the advertising and marketing. What a fine job he did! You can see The Hoosier all over the place – Ladies Home Journal, House Beautiful and in images in cook books and kitchen designs.

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“Kitchen Patriotism Demands a Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet

WITHOUT the strong right arm of the Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet no woman can do her full bit in saving food for our nation’s fighters. Nor can she save extra hours, extra steps, and extra effort in her kitchen work. The many time, food and labor-saving features of the Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet together with the valuable kitchen short-cuts invented by the talented women who compose the Hoosier Council of Kitchen Scientists have made the Hoosier a kitchen necessity – not a luxury.

See these Hoosier Kitchen Cabinets at the Hoosier dealer’s in your city. Learn for yourself how the Hoosier saves you food, time and labor. Then you will never be content without one.

The Hoosier Manufacturing Co., New Castle, Ind.”

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1912 Ad

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From – Robinson’s Antiques where you can get reproduction and old labels

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What to Look for when Purchasing a Hoosier

Another great video from youtube –

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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”.