Today, the definition of 'family' became a lot more inclusive—something to be proud about, indeed! That progressive stance has a curious precedent, seen in this 1961 ad. While at first glance, the demographic profile of the depicted household wouldn't raise many eyebrows, check out the headline. The washing machine was apparently a legal dependent, having been adopted by the brood. #ApplianceEquality!
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.