Most kitchens 100 years ago had a stove that burned coal, oil, or wood. There might have been a small wooden icebox to keep food cold. Cabinets were small pieces of furniture that could be moved or mounted on a wall. Food preparation was done at a table with a wooden top. Some families still had to pump water outside; a few had running water pumped into the kitchen sink. Electricity was already on its way—changing lighting, refrigeration, cooking, baking, cleaning, washing and drying dishes and clothing, and more.


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