The social and technological transformation of the ‘golden age’ had an impact on all facets of life. Bright, vibrant and bold colors quickly replaced the cool pastels of the 50s in fashion and even in the home’s interior decor. Avocado green was a very popular color for kitchen decor. This is the era of liberalism where women were no longer staying at home to cook and clean but found themselves in jobs outside the home. This called for innovation in the appliances used in the home so that household chores could be done efficiently and faster.
For instance, there was no time to clean out the frost from a refrigerator and so manufacturers were quick to come up with frost-free varieties to make it easy for housewives. The convenient ice-maker made it easy to get ready-made ice. Refrigerator shelves were also re-invented so that they offered easy access when putting and removing food from the ice-box, as it was known in those days.
By the 1960s ovens and cook tops were built into the cabinetry. For extra convenience, especially in the 1970s when space may have been an issue with the recession biting hard, sliding cook tops were created. In some cases you could actually wheel the entire oven-cook top wall unit out of the way to set up the dinner table and wheel it back in when it is time to prepare the next meal.
Dishwashers made many homemakers in this era quite ecstatic. With added responsibilities, this gadget saved a lot of valuable time. Since it was a new invention for many and not built in, it was only connected to the water pipe when needed and disconnected and kept away after that. The washer dryer also evolved at this time and laundry was done faster and efficiently ending up with less wrinkles than with earlier models.
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