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14 rare vintage kitchen sinks spotted in 6 years of blogging

vintage kitchen sinkThere’s a big payoff for blogging day in, day out, for more than five years: You see a lot of stuff. My archives are just brimming with all kinds of rare features found in midcentury American homes. I was thinking, “Golly, I’ve seen quite a few very interesting vintage kitchen sinks,” so I decided to go through my archives and see what I could find. And find, I did. Here are thirteen vintage kitchen sinks — some are super rare, as in one siting in five years… others are a bit more common (although still rare in the grand scheme of things)… all are delightful. First up:

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vintage elkay sinkElkay Stainless Steel Console — Also just one spotting in the wild.

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  • And here’s another Elkay design — the Elkay Consolette — discovered by reader Karen in Oct. 2014.

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  • American Standard “Midway” sink — Porcelain drainboard sink — built like a kitchen island.  Circa 1954 image. We have never seen one of these in the wild — only in this advertisement.

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  • Added Dec. 3: I just spotted this in an old story — a vintage Elkay (I’m guessing) similar to the American Standard Midway — but in stainless steel. Originally spotted in the Corbett House.

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  • Update Jan. 16, 2013 — Kate spotted this big stainless steel sink — similar to the Corbett House sink, but also featuring two drainboards — at her local ReStore. Wow. I’m guessing: used commercially

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  • Updated March 24, 2013 — Another variation on the vintage Elkay, this one spotted on craigslist and as I write this, currently available for sale. I’m calling this rare(ish) because you cannot get this kind of deep bowl/shallow bowl combo today. Listing said: Mid Century (1955) 84 inch stainless steel kitchen counter with 2 integrated sinks. Vintage Elkay Lustertone (top of the line back then, and today), excellent condition, no gauges or scratches, just normal fine wear in the stainless steel. Counters angle towards sinks on both sides. One sink is 14″W x16″L x 8″ D with opening for garbage disposal. Second sink is 22W x 16L x 4 D (the lady of the house had a stool under the sink). Entire piece is 84″ x 25″. Called Elkay — today, a new 80″ Lustertone counter with 2 sinks would retail for $2,800. Perfect for a modern or mid-century modern renovation. $450 or best offer.

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  • Kitchen drainboard sink with integrated top-loading dishwasher — These units from Youngstown (and maybe other makers) were not super-rare. But still coolio to the max.

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  • GE Wonder Kitchen — Super fabulous: GE made the Wonder Kitchen — these wereThese were marketed as one-piece, space-saving, space-age kitchen units. The cabinet modules were united by a long single piece of stainless steel counter top, which also had a sink and electric range engineered right into into it. Above: Read more: Chris buys a Wonder Kitchen on craigslist, restores it, and installs it in his Mies van der Rohe apartment kitchen. We also have seen “Hotpoint Wonderline” kitchens — same exact idea; at some point GE owned Hotpoint, so these may be the same kitchens, just rebranded.

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vintage faucet with light Above: Just added this faucet to this page. Reader Ron G. nabbed it. He said:

I just got this vintage faucet with a built in flourescent light. It’s wired right through the faucet stem. Seems terribly dangerous but I couldn’t pass it up. I can’t find ANY information on it. Ever seen one or know anything about it?

But hey, Ron G.: That looks just like the Elkay Consolette we subsequently identified in Oct. 2014. Dial back to the top-ish of this story to see the labels. And note, all: Wait long enough, and we’ll identify your woddities!

Would you like to see a bunch more “typical” vintage kitchen sinks? How about these 15 vintage sinks from Kohler:

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Do you know of more examples of rare kitchen sinks?
If ‘yes’, I would LOVE to see them and add them to our archive!

  1. Jay says:

    I mistakenly commented under your old post from 2010 with the vintage sinks. I once had a Hotpoint appliance brochure from the 40s showing the “electric sink” integrated into the kitchen of metal cabinets. Not as deadly as it sounds. It was just a porcelain sink w/drainboard housing the disposer and dishwasher. I think Hotpoint is still a division of GE. Janet in CT could probably verify.

    1. pam kueber says:

      yikes. very similar to the youngstown i show in the main blog post… this must have been a “thing” for appliance makers to do… thanks!

  2. Cher says:

    Hi Pam,
    I am remodeling a cabin built by my in laws in the late 50’s early 60’s. After visiting your forum I went back and realized the kitchen sink was an original youngstown double with drainboard cover. We also rent a shop from them. They have had the shop for 50 years and low and behold it had a matching kitchen sink in the shop kitchen. With my sister in laws blessing I replaced the shop sink with a utility sink, I took the two matching sinks to a local auto body repair shop that sand blasted them to remove the rust and restored them. I will be installing both matching sinks in the cabin. I am so excited to have two matching sinks that we owned by the family.:)

      1. Cher says:

        I also found NOS 1960’s sinks for the bathroom. I bought a few extra cause I was so excited at the find. Light Blue, Purple, Pink and Jade
        Green. I tried to save as much as I could to put back in cabin. It has been so fun to research and capture the simple, functional items of our childhood. We have tried to choose things that make us smile. A restored tulip table was another cool find on a trip to take our son to visit a college in New Mexico. We bought so much in New Mexico, we had to make a trip out of it to pick it up. Love, love, love the 1950’s and 1960’s. The house we just built features items from the 1920’s, 1930’s and what I learned it that America had so much industry. I feel proud to display the craftsmanship in our NEW/OLD treehouse home.

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