I set out to answer some of these questions by digging through old books and photograph websites. I've collected quite a few images over the past couple of years and I thought I would share some here.
|From The Craftsman Magazine, Sep 1906. I'm wondering what that interesting rack to the left of the sink is. A towel rack? Some sort of dish rack?|
|From The Craftsman Magazine, Sep 1906. I like the canisters in this picture. I think that cloth hanging on the back of the door might have been for hand drying.|
|From The Craftsman Magazine, Sep 1906. Apparently vertical wall space was fair game for storing stuff.|
|From Shorpy: Executive Pantry: 1909. I just love the brackets on this one. And look at that little cabinet on the far wall--I wonder if it was used to store spices.|
|From A Second Course in Homemaking by M.H. Kittredge, 1915: A Canning Lesson. Lots of clear glass jars used for storing foods. Those definitely look like mason jars with screw-on lids. Pots are hung off the bottom-side of the shelf. Also found on Shorpy: In the Kitchen, 1910.|
|From The Efficient Kitchen by G.B. Child, 1914. Lots of clear glass jars used for storing food. Also the vertical wall space is covered in utensils.|
|From The Efficient Kitchen by G.B. Child, 1914. Those shelves actually look like they contain mason jars.|
|From The Efficient Kitchen by G.B. Child, 1914|
|From Inside the House of Good Taste by Richardson Wright (ed.), 1915. This kitchen cabinet shows a variety of food storage jars, all nicely labeled.|
|From Bungalow Basics: Kitchens by Paul Duchschere. Look at all those neat appliances from 1917.|
|From Housewifery by L.R. Balderston, 1919. Various types of cooking tools.|
|From Housewifery by L.R. Balderston, 1919. Small kitchen necessities.|
Both of these dish towel pictures are from Housewifery by L.R. Balderston, 1919.
|From Shorpy: Restoration Hardware, 1920. Look, another dish rack stashed under the sink and paper towels hung on the wall. That garbage can is really interesting too. Those canisters on the back cabinet are fantastic. I'd love to find some of those.|
|Drainboard mats from a 1920 catalog|
|From Shorpy: The Recipe, 1923. Still using bale closure jars.|
Pretty soon I'll share some links I found when searching for some of these items.