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PRIZED POSSESSIONS
KITCHEN ITEMS
APRONS

     Gone at the days of wearing aprons to protect clothing from spills and splatters in the kitchen!

     Until the 1930s it was not uncommon for women and older girls to wear aprons outside the home. Some even wore dressy aprons to church!

     Today this particular item, once considered essential in the kitchen, is seldom seen.

     The following 11 aprons date from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The collection is owned by Juanita McEntyre.
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Tap To Enlarge Golden Oak Ice Box. The iceman delivered ice daily in most areas. The tongs on top of the ice box were used to carry the huge blocks of ice, up to 100 pounds each. Carlton McDaniel owns this one.
Tap To Enlarge The Ice Card was hung in an easy-to-see spot at the front of the house to communicate to the ice man how much ice the homeowner wanted that day. If none, then the card was turned over so none of the numbers showed. Property of Carlton McDaniel.
Tap To Enlarge An Ice Breaker, Lightning Brand. Most kitchens did NOT have these, but used an ice-pick to create chunks of ice small enough to fit into drink glasses. Collection of Carlton McDaniel.
Tap To Enlarge Stackable Mixing Bowls by McCoy. Also used as serving bowls. This set originally bought by Amie McDaniel in 1940s, now owned by her granddaughter, Ann Varnell.
Tap To Enlarge Coffee Mugs of this type were commonly used as "premiums" to entice shoppers to buy a particular brand/size of flour, oatmeal, or detergent in the 1940s and 50s. These originally belonged to Amie McDaniel, now owned by her granddaughter, Ann Varnell.
Tap To Enlarge Place setting that originally belonged to Amie McDaniel. This was an open-stock pattern available in late 1940s at Woolworth's. The set now belongs to her daughter, Juanita McEntyre.
Tap To Enlarge Serving Pieces bought from open-stock at Woolworth's in late 1940s. Now property of Juanita McEntyre.
Tap To Enlarge Lemonade set received as a gift around 1950 by Juanita McEntyre.
Tap To Enlarge Old cake plate, from around 1925, originally owned by Stella Townsend, now owned by Billy and Joyce Townsend.
Tap To Enlarge Sugar and creamer set, Homer Laughlin, made in USA, F41 N8. Helen Ellis gave this set to Billy and Joyce Townsend for a wedding gift in 1959.
Tap To Enlarge Close-up of design of preceding sugar and creamer set.


WELCOME TO
CARLTON AND HENRIETTA McDANIEL'S
COLLECTION OF ITEMS
FROM KITCHENS OF THE PAST

     Kitchens of the past have had some interesting tools, appliances, and gadgets. This McDaniel collection includes many items that were once found in almost all Murray County kitchens, for example, churns, tea kettles, iron skillets, metal frying pans, dishpans, etc. Here you'll also find a few things that were not commonly found in Murray kitchens, such as coffee grinders, bacon presses, electric egg cookers, waffle irons, and sausage stuffers.

     For those seriously interested in details, the markings (for each item that had any) are also given. There's a couple of items in this collection that remain unidentified; if you know what they are, please tell us so we can post the information!

     This collection is privately owned and not available for public viewing or examination.

     However, it is being shared through this computer-based museum enabling visitors to see each item, probably in closer detail than would be possible in a traditional museum. Enjoy!

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