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November 26, 2012

The Seven Themed Betty Crocker Test Kitchens From 1967

By RetroRuth

Everyone knows that Betty Crocker has always had some fabulous test kitchens, but did you know that in 1967 they had SEVEN test kitchens, each representing a different design from around the world?

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Here is the Scandinavian kitchen. Unfortunately, this photo is in black and white, but the kitchen was done up in red-orange, blue and black.  The uniforms of home economists even matched the kitchen! You can see them hard a work here testing angel food cakes.

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This is the Latin American kitchen. The cabinets in this kitchen were a bright yellow, and the backsplashes done with bright blue bubbled Plexiglass. The ceiling is made up of bits of anodized aluminum in bright colors.

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Here is the Mediterranean kitchen. This kitchen’s cabinets, doors and paneling are done in a dark cherry with a wall of blue-green tiles and amber glass set into the cabinets.

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This is the Japanese kitchen, which is made of teakwood cabinets, black accents and a bamboo ceiling. 

On a side note, the guys in the background are taste-testing Bugles!

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Here is the New Orleans kitchen, which has an enormous copper hood and wrought iron accents

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My favorite – the California Kitchen! This kitchen is done in yellows, oranges and bright blue.

In another side note, this is the only kitchen to have carpeting! It is an indoor/outdoor “stainproof” carpet especially for kitchens.

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And last, but not least, the New England kitchen. The cabinets are done in wormy chestnut (?) and all the cabinet interiors are red. The wallpaper above the fireplace is a vinyl kitchen wallpaper that is washable.  The colors used in this kitchen are olive, red and cream.

Pretty fun, huh?? Which test kitchen is your favorite?

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5 Responses to The Seven Themed Betty Crocker Test Kitchens From 1967

  1. ColibriNB Reply

    November 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Such an interesting post. Thanks for sharing.
    Makes me wish they were colour pictures.
    I’m wondering what the link is between Bugles and Japan…
    ;)
    C

  2. Shannon H. Reply

    November 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Could I have the Japanese teak cupboards with the New Orleans copper hood and the Mediterranean tiles? And throw in the California chairs.

  3. Andrea Reply

    November 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Oh that Japanese kitchen – I am swooning over here!

  4. Laura Reply

    November 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    It looks as though you could have a replica of the Japanese kitchen and it would look perfectly modern today. Me, I’d love to get a color glimpse of the New Orleans and Mediterranean kitchens. So much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jennifer G. Miller Reply

    November 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I have the same taste as Laura — The New Orleans is my favorite, and then I’d like to see the Mediterranean. Surely this must have shown up in color somewhere…

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