Our 85th brand of vintage steel kitchen cabinets — Humphryes Manufacturing Co. of Mansfield, Ohio

10 years blogging on the topic and howdy hudee: Our 85th brand of metal kitchen cabinets has popped up: The Humphryes Manufacturing Company of Mansfield, Ohio. I was poking around and spotted the brochure, from 1950, here

There aren’t too many photos, but these cabinets appear to have inset (rather than the more typical overlay) drawers and doors. The pulls are pretty simple looking. The scan of the brochure is also cut off at the top and bottom — it might be that these were simpler, “efficiency” kitchen units for motels or small apartments rather than full-line cabinet sets for homes.

Golly, though: Even at the potentially lower price point, these Humphreys cabinets passed the Hot Fat, Alcohol, Impact (and more) tests — and received the seal of approval from the Steel Kitchen Cabinet Institute!

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  1. Karin says:

    Who could ever have imagined there were so many brands of metal cabinets! They must have been very popuIar. I especially like the idea about wooden risers and kickboards for metal cabinets. I have a metal lower cabinet that is leaving some rust spots on my kitchen tiles from the floor being washed. While it`s not a huge deal to scrub the rust stains off, it may be be better to use wooden risers. Great post, thanks.

  2. Mary Elizabeth says:

    I think very soon I’ll take a trip to MoMA to see what is currently on display of 20th century artifacts. Also, in the Metropolitan Museum there is a permanent display of parts of a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

  3. Jay says:

    Fascinating! Thanks Mary Elizabeth. The link was for the exhibit checklist (but no date) so my curiosity was piqued. Found the catalog, for the exhibit from 1934, with many pictures. Thanks again!

  4. Jay says:

    I went down one of those rabbit holes. I remembered Mansfield OH was where Westinghouse manufactured their appliances. Turns out post war, Mansfield was a hub of manufacturing. Home grown Humphryes started as a foundry in 1800s and lasted until 1973. It was an enormous facility.

  5. Allen says:

    Do you think you could attach rubber base cove to your metal plinths to stop the rust? The rubber base cove is a very period look.

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