Stoves became available in the 1850's. Cooking on an open fire was still common among many households, however, step stoves quickly gained popularity. Cooking on an open fire was either done outside or inside the home on the fireplaces. Stoves slowly replaced cooking on an open fire.
The upgrades that stoves had undergone were visible in the 1950's. Companies manufacturing these new and improved stoves included Chambers, Dixie, Gaffers & Sattler, O'Keefe & Merritt and more. The materials used to make stoves in the 1950's included chrome and porcelain. They were also made to look fancy by having polished handles. The colour of the stove ranged from white to red to blue. Stoves used in 1950 were also bigger then the standard step stove used in the 1850's.
Backus-Page House Museum
|1850's step stove|