Midcentury kitchen history in 4 minutes, with soundtrack: We Didn’t Start the Fire Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Newsletter Posted by: pam kueber • January 14, 2012 Reader Just another Pam found this video — a 4 minute musical tour through midcentury kitchen history — courtesy Billy Joel. Hey, those set designers pretty much get it right! Thank you, Pam! Related stories Mid century designer Beatrice West — and NOS Caloric pink kitchen appliances saved from a trash heap — 16 photos 20 years of mid century kitchen history — in 24 favorite images Strange 1968 Westinghouse film for refrigerator with decorator panels Ad Comments 9 Get our retrolicious free newsletter. Get our retrolicious free newsletter. Comments Wendy M. says January 14, 2012 at 10:48 am It was interesting to watch that while focusing on the set design. The thing that struck me the most was how it seemed like a natural sort of evolution until it shifted from the ’70’s to the ’80’s. That seemed like a deliberate 180-degree turn- I guess I never really noticed how dramatically design changed in those years (although nobody I knew then had a sleek, all white house anyway!) Hope all of you have a great weekend! Reply Retrosandie says January 14, 2012 at 11:09 am This is quite interesting! I focused on the changing kitchen, too. Amazing how things change-sometimes it seems within the blink of an eye!!! 🙂 Reply TappanTrailerTami says January 14, 2012 at 11:10 am Wow – looks pretty darned accurate, well except maybe the room size….even now most people would *swoon* to have a kitchen area that large! Reply Marcheline says January 14, 2012 at 11:53 am Wow… I always loved that song, and now I love the video even more for the RETRO-ness! Reply Patty says January 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm One thought that crossed my mind was, hey, I don’t remember anything hanging on the refrigerator in the ’60s. So I googled and according to wikipedia, the first patent for a refrigerator magnet was obtained in 1969 by Dennis Buchanan of Mongolia. In the U.S., William Zimmerman of ST LOUIS, Missouri, obtained a patent in the early 1970s. Fun video! Reply Jill says January 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm Patty: I’m glad you noted that…because I’ve seen refrigerator magnets on the fridge in the Draper house on “Mad Men” and thought it odd. It’s funny how a show that pays so much attention to period detail would be so sloppy about this. Reply MCM is Grand says January 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm Enjoyed seeing “my” current light fixtures featured in the orange 1960s kitchen… Reply Mariella Morton says January 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm I almost sent you this video last Sunday! I can’t believe that someone else was thinking the same thing! Reply Anastasia says January 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm Anyone else find it funny that the “bland, boring” 80’s houses are the only ones to burn? OR that as the houses started to be more and more cookie cutter, there was more rebellion (yes I consider taking Uppers to be a sign of rebellion, or change) Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. 1961 version — Reissued! BE SAFE / RENOVATE SAFE! Get informed and be aware about the environmental & safety hazards in old homes, materials and products. #1 RULE: Consult with your own properly licensed professionals. More info: See our Be Safe/Renovate page... EPA asbestos website ... EPA lead website ... U.S.F.A. – fire safety, etc.