On the other hand, if you include a dishwasher, it could still look like 1915, but you might be a lot happier.There tends to be a continuum in regard to each kitchen item -- for instance, I'm happy to cook on a vintage stove, but I still want a frost-free refrigerator.But now, the kitchen has supplanted the living room as the home's central gathering place.
I'm here to tell you that if your house is historic -- from Victorian to World War II -- you will be doing your home a serious disservice if you give into that lust and install the latest kitchen.
Custom storage abounded, with tilt-out bins for 50 pound bags of flour and sugar (a popular modern usage for these bins is pet food or recycling storage), corner cabinet lazy susans, sliding shelves and so forth.
There were also specialty cabinets, including California coolers -- a ventilated cabinet with wire or slatted shelves, which used the chimney effect to draw cool air from the basement or crawlspace.
Though there have been technological advances since then (under-counter dishwashers, microwaves, garbage disposals), these basic elements have remained much the same.
Futuristic predictions made in the 20th century about what kitchens would be like in the 21st have mostly been proven wrong -- we're not living like the Jetsons.