“Everything we use comes in boxes, cartons, bins, the so-called packaging we love so much. The mountain of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use.” ― John Steinbeck
G O N E A N D S O O N F O R G O T T E N
If you are an apartment dweller you periodically notice lineups of fridges and stoves that have served their usefulness and are placed in an out-of-the-way location that tries to desperately deny the fact that these items were once part of a tenant’s household.
I think we all take these appliances for granted and expect that any future residence we inhabit will have these items and a few more conveniences.
In the above rogue’s gallery of discarded kitchen essentials the heating elements have been tossed into nearby blue bins, electrical cords cut and any ties to the site severed like an umbilical cord allowing them to begone and fend for themselves.
The pot-bellied stove was a more social animal not limited to the kitchen but a part of the American social setting.
In our modern utilitarian society fridges and stoves have been converted into necessities that better well function properly or else it will be the trash heap for them.
When I was a youngster we had a pot-bellied stove and an ice box that worked well enough for the times and family members gathered around the stove in the kitchen to listen to radio dramas and socialize on the weekends.
These days with all the appliances linked up to a WiFi channel the only thing you will probably notice is the chatter of a tray of ice cubes trying to connect with the stove.
So much for the sanctity of the kitchen! – gc