Boxed up for 67 years and now set free: Brand new 1948 Youngstown Kitchen cabinets + 1948 GE Airliner stove — 80 photos

What was inside all the boxes?
We now get to see!

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sClose your eyes. Imagine it’s 1948. You recently ordered a big set of Youngstown Steel Kitchen cabinets. The delivery truck has just arrived. The delivery men tote the big boxes into your garage. They begin to open them up. You are so excited!

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sNow: Open your eyes. It’s 2015 — not 1948 — but we all get to experience the thrill of opening up all the boxes! Yes: Today we get to see the very first photos of the big set of New Old Stock Youngstown Steel Kitchen cabinets that reader Ben recently discovered in storage. As you may recall, we first showed these cabinets — but still hidden in their boxes — in this story earlier this month.

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NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sNOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sThey are just as pretty — just as shiny and new — as they day they were packed into their boxes. So pretty! So shiny! So new!

GE AirlinerAnd woah, Nellie, hang on, because, there is a 1948 General Electric stove to go with. It is brand new, too.

Ben said the price tag was still on it: $270.

vintage GE Airliner rangeIn case you didn’t catch that: Brand new. Reader Janet in ME piped right in and said it’s a GE Airliner. A GE Airliner! Woot! Our readers are So Smart. Thank you, Janet in ME!

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sNot one crumb new.

GE Airliner stoveApparently, not one scratch new. It was all crated up.

GE AirlinerBrand spanking new. Oh my goodness.

vintage GE RangeNever messed with new.

vintage GE Range brochurevintage GE Range brochureNew new new new new. It doesn’t get much better than this.

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sBut wait, it does get better than this. The best part, imho: New Old Stock Cusheen vinyl countertops to match up with the Youngstown Steel Kitchen cabinet bases.

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sThere are a lot of steel kitchen cabinets around (of course, not NOS), and there are a lot of GE ranges around (ditto) — but pristine Cusheen countertops? These are flipping amazing.

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The Cusheen countertop from the underside — the vinyl is adhered straight onto steel!

Ben says that the Cusheen vinyl is adhered straight onto steel. As you can see in the photo above, there is a steel channel underneath and multiple short channels behind the backsplash to reinforce the structure. What I mean to say: There is no wood substrate to these countertops! They are Cusheen-on-steel. Ben says it’s 16 gauge. It’s honking heavy stuff.

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sYou screw the countertops right onto the cabinets. I think those are the screws, above.

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sNote: The drainboard sink was used; Ben says it’s in great shape, though. Also: The sink front was used and needs some work; Ben says the paint has yellowed, and it will need to be repainted to match the other cabinets. Back story seems to be: The complete kitchen was purchased back in ’48 or ’49 with a remodel in mind. Obviously, the remodel never happened. But the owners used the sink base and the sink in another location. In addition, there likely were wall cabinets — but these were also used in another project, long gone.

NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950sWhat is the total tally of what was found? Ben has not made up a list — but he took photos of the boxes, and they are in the slide show, if you want to count.

Ben wants to sell these

What is going to happen to these cabinets? Ben wants to sell them. I really think they belong in a museum and am reaching out to my museum friends right away today to see if they can help get these things to a museum. Meanwhile, Ben is open to offers. He wants to sell everything as a set. 

Update: How the story ends

More about Youngstowns and Cusheen:

Yowza. Eight years nine-and-a-half years (yowza, I just checked — it’ll be 10 years soon!) into doing this blog daily. Just when I think we will run out of stories, stuff like this comes at us. Yay!

Thank you so much, Ben, for sending all the photos. What a great thing you did by rescuing these! Be sure to tell whoever buys them about and to give them our contact info — we want to see where they land!

CONTINUE to next page to see the SLIDE SHOW — 80 double-sized photos:

Tips to view slide show: Click on any image… it will enlarge to 1000 pixels wide on your screen … click anywhere to move forward, and look for previous and next buttons within photo to move back or forth… you can start or stop at any image:


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  1. jim says

    i have a whole set of youngstown metal kitchen cabinets upper and lower for a good size kitchen in great shape no rust or scratches stored in my mothers basement we built the house in 1958 when i was in first grade the doors and drawers work great make an offer

  2. JulieBrown says

    Hi Pam,
    I’m only seeing this just now. (oh dear. so behind!)
    The Ohio Historical Society has a fully reconstructed Lustron house on exhibit. What would be more appropriate than this Youngstown steel kitchen in the next display!?
    Born the same year as the kitchen, in the same state.

  3. Barbara Midwinter says

    I have Youngstown metal kitchen cabinets in the home I purchased 11 years ago. I was thinking of replacing the cabinets, but with the going price of $15K plus for new cabinets, I cannot afford it. I think I will be thankful I have these vintage cabinets that are in great shape outside of the sink rusting around the faucet. I would like a corner cabinet and more metal cabinets to wrap around the wall where our fridge stood before we moved it to a opposite wall. When I saw your pics, I was flabbergasted!! What a find!!! To have these would be like winning a big lottery!!

    • pam kueber says

      The cabinet and stove have a tentative buyer, all the details just need to get wrapped up. But if something changes, we’ll update this story. If you want to stay up to date on the situation subscribe to this comment thread

  4. Susan says

    How fun! I have these cabinets – same style, same handles, with the exact same countertop (on the lazy Susan corner piece only), and the same sink. My set includes the cabinets you see under the sink (and the sink) in the NOS photos, the corner lazy Susan unit, a tall cabinet, and a wall cabinet. Mine need repainting. I will likely post them for sale on your sale page.

  5. Kathy Gillette says

    Hello Ben!

    My mother as the same stove and kitchen counters(in green marble look) and cabinets!!!! OMG!!! She bought a old house and had it moved on her home land in Missouri.. If you want to sell them let me know. My mom’s stove and kitchen set has turned black and rusted out. I sure she would love to replace it or give to her as a Christmas gift let me know your price tag on this so funny!

  6. Chauncy Eglon says

    Just curious cuz I have a stove just like this that I’m wanting to sell… What is a good price for it?

  7. Christine Schaller says

    Does retrorenovation sell the same style Cusheen countertop as was shown in the pictures on the 1948 Youngstown Steel cabinets? I’m restoring my 1950 Lustron kitchen (previous owners painted everything) and my 1 kitchen countertop + 1 steel cabinet that very badly need that exact style! Please advise.

  8. Holly says


    I just read this story. Sorry I missed out on these. Has anyone else reached out about selling their Youngstown Cabinets like these? Would be interested in any color and condition.

    Thank you.

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