• 61 Mamie Pink Kitchens: It’s day two immersed in this classic 50s color

    Its pink kitchens #11-20 today, as we continue to look at how the iconic color of the 50′s — “Mamie Pink” — was translated into everyday, middle-class, mid-century homes.

    11. This 1959 GE pink+white+copper/brown kitchen is really quite snazzy, I like it a lot!:

    1959-pink-ge-cropped.jpg

    12. This one is another take on the ’49 American-Standard kitchen we saw yesterday, but ready for Thanksgiving. Sweet:

    1946-american-standard-thanksgiving-kitchen432.jpg

    13. A classic St. Charles kitchen with some terrific design elements — another one of my all-time favorites. I used this photo for a “Flashback Design” feature last year, oops, I can’t find the un-numbered image:

    23.jpg

    14. Republic Kitchens marketed their “Prelude Pink” pretty heavily, circa 1956. A gray palette certainly gives pink a dash of elegance, don’t you think?:

    1956-republic-prelude-pink-cropped.jpg

    15. A 1957 GE pink kitchen. Awesome refrigerator, and note the wallpapered backsplash. If you’re going to have a pink kitchen, people, you might as well go for it the gusto!:

    1957-pink-ge-kitchen-cropped.jpg

    16. A 1957 ad for a Tappan stove is set with pink Republic steel cabinets. Great looking backsplash here, too:

    1957-pink-republic-kitchen-tappan-stove-and-cool-backsplash4cropped.jpg

    17. Another 1959 GE pink kitchen — in fact, I just noticed that this is another angle on kitchen #11, although these images were in separate places.  Great fridge+fridge combo. Note how nice this soft pink looks with the orange and yellow curtains. And see the wood-grained countertops. My goodness, pink is SO versatile!

    1959-ge-2-cropped.jpg

    18. A teensy illustration from Curtis Kitchens. A wood cabinet company. Painted pink was de rigeur, too:

    50s-curtis-partified-pink.jpg

    19. Not sure who made these. Pink with erin green….Hmmmm, this I’m not liking so much, and you know I rarely say that…:

    50s-pink-and-green-kitchen378.jpg

    20. I believe that this is 1957, not sure of the maker. They certainly went for pink on pink on pink — Mamie would have approved. The wallpapered ceiling is growing on me — it certainly makes a big statement. And why the heck not!:

    50s-pink-kitchen.jpg

  • Get our retrolicious free newsletter.

    Newsletter-sign-up-2NMAS

    Comments

    1. Sumac Sue says:

      Wow!

      I like pictures #4 and #7, where the women are wearing pink dresses in the pink kitchens, surrounded by lots of other pink details. That’s A LOT of pink. But, then, I guess it’s really not that much different from the harvest gold and avocado green kitchens of the late 60s, when everyone wore those same colors.

      My favorite kitchen so far is #13, because it has an elegant, airy look. I can’t wait to see the rest of them! This is a great feature; thanks, Pam!

    2. Thanks for sharing, Pam. You know I love pink kitchens!

      Cheers! LA

    3. Man oh man, that pink/grey argyle floor in pic #18 — !!

      So true that pink+grey=elegant.

    4. Propagatrix says:

      Lovely pictures! However, I notice that none of the people shown holding hot food are wearing potholders. Perhaps pink has magical anti-burn properties?

    5. nancy c. says:

      I have the #11 cabinets and color combination — pink and brown. It is so much fun to see them in an original ad, thanks for putting this out there! I have lived here for almost 10 years and have tried hard to embrace the pink and brown combo. I am even a baskin-robbins lover. However, it just doesn’t make me happy so as I begin plans to renovate the kitchen I think I am going with pink, black and white. The grey is intriguing though….I will need to give that a little thought.

    Leave a Comment --

    If you are under 14 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.
    Here are the full legal terms of use you agree to by using this comment form.

    (required)