I'm afraid I can't attribute this bizarre image to a specific source; the fashions and the color of the appliances date it as being from the early 1960s. The blueprint-like flooring and floating cooktop suggest a dream kitchen in the literal sense. The ladies—mother and daughter, to be sure—are certainly enjoying their stroll through their not-yet-real room. Two particular aspects of this curious scenario catch my eye: the handbag conspicuously placed on the counter, and the uncanny resemblance of the older woman to the Queen Mother.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.