#AtoZChallenge K for Kitchen Labels

The Changing Fashion of Kitchen Labels

I thought how kitchen labels have changed over the years when thinking about the #GenealogyPhotoADay prompt Kitchen. I visited Trove to see what I could find in their digitised Australian Woman’s Weekly collection about labels. You could cut out the free set of kitchen labels and stick to containers in your kitchen.

Kitchen Labels

K is for Kitchen Labels

What would a kitchen be without labels on the containers? This is part of a set in the Australian Woman’s Weekly from 1966. The instructions said to glue the back of the label and once dry cover in a clear lacquer. Who has glue and lacquer sitting around at home waiting to stick on labels.  Ok the crafters will have a collection of such products. However today, the rest of us, would probably not have these available at home. Self adhesive is the way now.

Image Source: Australian Women’s Weekly from 1933 to 1982 on Trove.

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12 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge K for Kitchen Labels”

  1. I recently came across a stash of ephemera that had old labels in them, and now I’m wondering when they came into fashion. It’s certainly fun to see how styles, color palettes, graphics and type patterns have changed over the years.

    1. Totally agree. I see people online doing the 1950s look. It’s nice to see however I’m not the type to go to that much bother. I admire their ability to investigate a time in history and regenerate it in a way that makes them happy.

    1. Comments have made me remember so much more. Thanks for sharing. Your post reminded me if the prepasted ones. You wet them to activate the paste. No licking as they tasted terrible.

  2. I don’t have canisters, except one somebody gave me with her homemade kourabiedes(Greek shortbread)in it. It has a slot where you can put your own label. I don’t bother, much, except for glass containers for herbal teas, where after a while I might forget what that particular tea is. Some have herbs in them, when I buy them in a packet instead of a bottle. For those, I have labels pinched from my library. But after all, nobody cooks at my place except me, and I know where the flour and the regular tea are. In fact, when I left home, my mother gave me a couple of containers to remind me of home. One, which she used for flour and I do too, is a tin from toffees. Another plastic jar holds tea bags, as it did when I was at home(she actually has canisters now!)
    I love Trove! I’ve downloaded some Women’s Weeklies from the war years for research. Talk about primary sources! And 1966 was part of the housewife era too.

    1. Perhaps the Woman’s Weekly labels were like Pinterest today. Just pretending and no one hardly used them. People just looked and turned the page. An therefore many did not have labels then either.

  3. 1966 we moved from the farm into town. I was trying to think how mum labelled things in our kitchen. I can only remember the yellow with green trim enamel cannisters she had that came labelled Flour Sugar Tea. She would have had other stuff in cannisters besides that but think they would have had a paper label with sticky tape on top or gone unlabelled and we would have to do the lick the finger and stick it in and taste test. Its how we learned to distinguish SR flour from plain flour. Mum probably just knew where things were and the rest of us took pot luck! I was also trying to remember when clear contact came in. I know by the time I finished high school in 1976 it was in… but that is still 10 years after 66. It revoloutionised such activity didn’t it. Every home with a school aged kid would have had some of that for book covering.

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