Avco American “Pioneer” Kitchen brand coppertone and wood combo — Color-styled by Beatrice West

1956 American kitchen metal kitchen

1956 American kitchen metal kitchenThis is the “trend-setting new ‘PIONEER’ by American Kitchen” – 1956 – “color styled by Beatrice West.” I find it so fascinating. It was right about this time that steel kitchen cabinets started to lose their battle against wood. But it was a slow death. And along the way they decided they’d rather switch than fight. That is, these cabinets have wooden doors…steel drawers – with a coppertone (or possibly real copper???) finish drawer cover… and all steel bodies. Kind of, the best of both worlds. Other makers, like St. Charles and Youngstown show an alternative approach — all wood on the base cabinets, all steel on the walls. I think that one of the main issues they may have been addressing was dented doors. Little Billy on his trike and all.

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The ad above notes that there were antique copper appliances to match, if you wanted up buy up:

For more elaborate kitchens, additional cabinets and accessories can be added, as well as matching antique copper appliances such as the famous American Kitchens Roto-Tray Dishwasher, the new American Kitchens Set-In Countertop Range, and the new American Kitchens Set-In Waist-High Oven. Both range and oven available in gas or electric models.

I don’t really understand whether “antique copper” means REAL copper, or coppertone.

Great kitchen also in its streaky brown floors, cool roller shades, and simple breakfast bar. And I even love the chartreuse walls / reddish coppertone / light birch color scheme.

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  1. Joe says:


    Let me know if you are still looking for these cabinets. I’m buying a house with a full set of these appliances and cabinets.

  2. Amy says:

    So do I! I bought a 1956 rambler foreclosure 3 years ago. I am trying to clean and refurb the metal drawer fronts. Been searching for what to use and no luck so far.

  3. Mike says:

    Yes, we just bought a 1958 ranch that has the Pioneer AVCO cabinets and cupboards. I’m remodeling the kitchen and was going to install these in the basement kitchen. I’m unsure how they’re anchored to the wall and I don’t want to harm the cabinetry by getting rough with them in removal….but I can’t see what’s holding them in after I’ve removed all the obvious screws.
    If I get them removed without trauma, I’d consider selling them.

  4. Jahmekya Birhan says:

    My partner and I are buying a house and it looks like it has this exact kitchen. Do you think the laminate has steel under it?

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