30 October 2009

Future Shocking

The eerie lighting, the comely female poking eviscerated animals with a pronged instrument..surely a macabre Halloween ritual, circa 1943. But no! It is part of the kitchen of the future, as envisioned by H. Creston Doner for the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass company. Given the corporate sponsor, the role of glass in the design is understandably emphasized; surely the public was amazed at the prospect of cooking tasty little carcasses inside what resembles nothing so much as a toppled fish tank.

Witchcraft, to be sure.

3 comments:

  1. Makes your mouth water. She'd be almost ninety today. I think that's about twenty-five in witch years — comely indeed — assuming she wasn't a hundred already. What spells did she have in mind, I wonder, for the Peach Preserves and Fruit Cocktail? Scary.

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  2. Hadn't heard of H. Creston Doner, but I think I'll pursue him. He was born in Nevada, Ohio, which seems as strange to me as discovering that Miami University is Oxford — Oxford, Ohio. Maybe all the good namers moved to Dayton, California. It seems like I learn something every day on your site, especially on Fridays.

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  3. Thank you for the kind words, Evan.
    I, too, learn things from doing this—a happy benefit of working on something one really enjoys.

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