Geraldine’s 1951 Hoover High School Home Ec project: 27 pages of Storage Conveniences in the Home

retro-kitchen-organizedFlash back 62 years — to 1951 — and what a treat we have today:  The 1951 Home Economics project completed reader Angela’s mom Geraldine when she was in the 11th grade at Hoover High School in San Diego, Calif. Entitled “Storage Conveniences in the Home,” this delightful primer is pieced together scrapbook-style, using yarn taped to pages as pointer lines. We declare it museum worthy — a wonderful piece of popular culture ephemera that recalls life — and the education of young women — in the early 1950s.

mid-century-ranch-houseAngela wrote:

My mom, who eventually got her bachelor’s degree in home economics, sent me a project she did in high school, in 1951. It’s fabulous. Pictures from magazines, different diagrams of kitchens, examples of types of shelving, etc. I know your site fans would dig it.

vintage-stoveWe asked Angela if her mom could tell us a bit more. Geraldine replied in a flash:

As an 11th grade student at Hoover High School in San Diego, I chose Home Management for one of my elective classes.

mid-century-family-roomOf course, the class was part of the Home Economics Dept.

vintage-tile-bathroomThe assignment was to use storage space wisely throughout the entire home and garage.  Four other girls and I were given the kitchen storage space project.

vintage-blue-kitchenEach of us presented our magazine cut-outs to the class and I was the only one who earned an “A”.  Why?  I briefly explained one can spoil a dinner recipe if you are unable to find the correct knife for mincing fresh herbs due to clutter.  Store only what you often use and remove the clutter.

stone-and-wood-vintage-bathroomOnly an “A”, Geraldine? We give you an A+! This is such a wonderful time capsule of school life in the 1950s — thank you, Geraldine! Keep digging through your archives, we want to see More!


And yes, Angela, we dig it. We dig it a lot. Thank you!

Readers, did you discover any new storage ideas from Geraldine’s report? Pam says she’s diggin’ the built-in perfume shelves in #20

All of the images from Geraldine’s high school kitchen and storage project can be seen much larger in our slideshow — for ease of reading captions and admiring all her hard work.  Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

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