Untouched for 66 years in their original boxes: 1949 Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets — and more

Plus: a Cusheen countertop and a GE stove — both NOS!

Youngstown Steel cabinet original boxWhat mysteries await, inside these crumbling old boxes???

Youngstown Steel cabinet original boxHowdy hudee: 10 New Old Stock Youngstown Steel Kitchen Cabinets — untouched by human fingerprints for 66 years — straight from the factory in 1949. I so want to be there when these little time capsules are opened!

Oh –> And there’s there’s a 1949 GE stove, also New Old Stock (NOS), to match!

–> And a Cusheen countertop!

Reader Ben emailed us about this discovery:

Hi there, I happened upon a time capsule, while helping a friend straighten out her family’s storage garage. The garage had been locked and forgotten for many years.

Youngstown Steel cabinet original box

As we snooped through the piles of keepsakes from her family, all long passed, we found approximately 10 unopened boxes of Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets. During the process of moving these boxes I found a newspaper in between the boxes that was dated 1949.

Youngstown Steel cabinet original box

In a different location sitting since 1949, there is a General Electric stove that is also unused in pristine condition — still has the price tag dangling off the handle. It’s really a cool looking piece with a clock and looks like a deep fryer maybe built into it. Again it looks to be brand spanking new, and I know it is unused. I’m pretty sure the stove was bought at the same time cabinets were purchased, probably all part of the same kitchen upgrade they were planning at the time.

Youngstown Steel cabinet original box

I plan to unpack these cabinets as soon as possible, I can’t wait to see what’s inside. I did take a peek in a couple of boxes and yes they look brand-new, regardless of what the rats and termites did to the cardboard boxes.

Thanks again, Pam,


Thank you, Ben, for thinking of us and sharing these photos! What a fabulous find! I’ll stay in touch, for sure, to find out what you decide to do with these treasures!

cusheen top
Wow: There’s also a  42″ black marbleized Cusheen countertop — see our story on Cusheen here.  Oh my word, I want to see this!

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  1. Mireille Corcoran says:

    YOWZER!! Been looking for a set and what a find you found!! If for sale, I’m interested…

  2. Sarah says:

    Squeeeee! My kitchen has the original 1952 Youngstown cabinets, which we restored, and the original Cusheen black marbelized countertop, which is fabulous. But seeing the boxes is great.

  3. Michelle says:

    Wow, what a story. The waiting is torture, you’re killing us over here! I bet you found all kinds of neat treasures.

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