How to be a perfect ’50s housewife Refrigerator edition

How to be a perfect ’50s housewife: Refrigerator edition

For the picture-perfect housewife of the ’50s, the kitchen was the heart of the home.. and the heart of the kitchen was the fancy refrigerator — the kind of luxury mother and grandmother could have only dreamed of!

Here, take a look back to the olden golden age of refrigeration — when they were just getting used to not calling it an “icebox,” and a newfangled built-in freezer was a huge bonus.

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Ladies, be proud of your refrigerators! (1950)

A proper fifties housewife must seriously adore her fridge, and keep it fully-stocked at all times.

A proper fifties housewife must seriously adore the fridge!


Here’s how to stock the fridge and freezer for your fallout shelter (1956)

Big refrigerator-freezer from 1956 - kitchen


Make the kids do the work, so you can just dress up and look pretty!

Housewife and fridge in the '50s


Look at all the treats a housewife can store inside! (1950)

Who would like a slice of this lovely pink molded gelatin… thing?

Look at all the treats you can store inside! (1950)


True joy comes with sharing the love. (1950)

Introduce the family to your beloved appliance, and nurture that relationship.

MORE: How to be a perfect fifties housewife: Laundry edition

True joy comes with sharing the love. (1950)


Someone’s not sure about the new fridge (1950)

Don’t let Grampa be a party pooper and call it “a newfangled icebox.”

Someone's not sure about the new fridge (1950)


The universal sign of the refrigerator (1957)

You are so deeply inspired by kitchen appliances, you even want to do funky futuristic dances nearby… all while wearing an evening dress, long gloves and heels. Of course.

How to be a perfect fifties housewife: Refrigerator 1957


1950s housewives and the fun of fridges

Even space cadets liked the fridge with wide shelf on the door.

Vintage refrigerators and family


The housewife life: When ice cream was demanded by cowboys and Indians (1950)

Don't shoot - it's just a fridge


Pink refrigerators were the best

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The joy of so much space in the housewife’s pretty pink refrigerator! (1957)

1957's wonderful pink refrigerator


Regular fridge not enough for you? Try one of these wall-mounted babies in place of your cabinets! (1956)

SEE MORE! Transform your kitchen with a wall-mounted refrigerator! (1956)

Wall-mounted refrigerator GE 1956


Kitchen air conditioning (1950)

Always keep the refrigerator and freezer doors open at the same time. It will show off the feast within, and cool down the whole room!

Kitchen air conditioning (1950)


The perfect dance partner for a housewife (1950)

The refrigerators of the early fifties were apparently great fun at the sock hop.

The refrigerators of the early fifties were apparently great fun at the sock hop.


“A built-in freezer! You don’t say!” (1950)

Exciting new refrigerator in 1950


It’s like magic!

The kids will never know how much time and money goes into feeding a family of five, because the fridge is always magically full.

1950 - Inspire your kids to admire kitchen appliances


Party time ’round the fridge! (1950)

The refrigerator is the center of the party!

The refrigerator is the center of the party!


Filling the fridge was a family affair! (1952)

SEE MORE! How to be a perfect ’50s housewife: In the kitchen

Filling the fridge was a family affair! (1952)










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