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July 12, 2010 1:12 PM   Subscribe

Hippy Kitchens are often happy kitchens.
posted by dchase (50 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Now I'm depressed.
posted by swift at 1:13 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Me too, but only because I know how to spell "hippie."
posted by darksasami at 1:15 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love themed photoblogs but this one is distracting for me cuz i keep going THATS NOT A HIPPY THATS NOT ONE EITHER and so on.

But I guess if Kitchens of Yore was taken, this is still pretty neat.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:15 PM on July 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


It seems that only a fraction of these feature actual hippies. That's just how people looked in the 70s.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:16 PM on July 12, 2010 [14 favorites]


Aren't a lot of these just 70's kitchens? Admittedly, I was little in the 70's so I'm not really the expert, but...
posted by jeoc at 1:16 PM on July 12, 2010


I like hippies, I like kitchens, and yet I feel like I'm at a red light.
posted by CynicalKnight at 1:17 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Potomac, the best part of the first page is going THATS NOT A HIPPY THATS NOT A HIPPY...AND TECHNICALLY THATS NOT A KITCHEN.
posted by darksasami at 1:18 PM on July 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


I don't think it's "Hippy Kitchens" so much as "slightly vintage kitchens dating from roughly 1972 through 1985"
posted by Think_Long at 1:19 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I know how to spell "hippie."

Oh, typical bourgeois attitude, man. Let go of your "correct spelling" trip and fly your fuckin' freak flag, man...
posted by crunchland at 1:21 PM on July 12, 2010 [11 favorites]


Those look like photos taken in 1972 of people in kitchens decorated in 1952.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 1:23 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I want this table. The me from the nineties is ashamed of my lack of taste.
posted by shinybaum at 1:23 PM on July 12, 2010


70's kitchens.
posted by ericb at 1:28 PM on July 12, 2010


Actually, most of the people in these photos look more or less like my parents did in the 70s. And they were most assuredly hippies.

Anyway, this makes me happy.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:28 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


The New Hippie Kitchen -- "Cooking the iconoclast way, in yurts, tepees, and more."
posted by ericb at 1:29 PM on July 12, 2010


Now I'm depressed.

It cruelly observes our own mortality by displaying the moments of others, frozen in time, where they seemed to have forgotten their own.

I think I'm going to go home early.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 1:31 PM on July 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


> most of the people in these photos look more or less like my parents did in the 70s. And they were most assuredly hippies.

Conversely, they also look like my parents and relatives did in the 70s, and they were all mostly squares. It was a great time, man.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:31 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm only seeing a handful of kitchens that could possibly be considered "hippie". Most of the rest look like pretty average real kitchens from the 70's. And, by "real" I mean "not idealized with every stereotypical 70's nick-nack."
posted by Thorzdad at 1:32 PM on July 12, 2010


Those were pictures of every kitchen I have ever been in.
Also in some of them..can you just smell the pot smoke?
posted by ShawnString at 1:32 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


It seems that only a fraction of these feature actual hippies. That's just how people looked in the 70s.

These could be in my family photo album!

I remember when my mom discovered self-adhesive vinyl shelving paper. She bought rolls of the stuff and one whole wall and all the kitchen cabinets got covered in giant yellow daisies.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 1:39 PM on July 12, 2010


My dad had a big giant mustache and a wild curly hair and would look right at home in those pictures but definitely was nobody's hippie. It was the 70's, everyone looked like that.
posted by octothorpe at 1:40 PM on July 12, 2010


My parents were considered hippies, and aside from a leather fringe jacket my dad was given you'd never catch him in any of the clothes that Hollywood ascribed to the hippie wardrobe. They even tried tie-dying when some of their hippie friends brewed up some pots of dye, but couldn't bring themselves to wear something that bright and gaudy.

Clothes may make the man, but they don't make the stereotype - at least, not when the group you're stereotyping is against conformity.

Also: what's next - Hipster Closets?
posted by Hardcore Poser at 1:40 PM on July 12, 2010


These are awesome pictures even if they're not strictly documenting hippie-dom. I had the exact shirt and sweater-vest that the kid staring at the camera is wearing. I think that I had a class picture taken wearing it.
posted by octothorpe at 1:45 PM on July 12, 2010


That's just how people looked in the 70s.

Well, then, I'm confused. How do you know they're not hippies?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:49 PM on July 12, 2010


Yeah, I'm not seeing a lot of hippies here either. Oh wait, there we go.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:49 PM on July 12, 2010


Jeez, just go watch some 70s television on Hulu or TVLand. Actual hippies are almost absent from these photos. These are just ordinary people. If these are hippies so were the Brady Bunch and everyone not actually in a cop uniform on Adam-12.
posted by George_Spiggott at 2:04 PM on July 12, 2010


BTW if someone told you this this picture was taken yesterday, would it even occur to you to doubt it?
posted by George_Spiggott at 2:07 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Having lived in a Deadhead hippie college town in the past, I will whole-heartily concur that hippies are hands down, without a doubt, some of the most FANTASTIC COOKS in existence.
posted by Skygazer at 2:15 PM on July 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


I will never eat wheat bulgur again. Never.
posted by MarshallPoe at 2:26 PM on July 12, 2010


The closest the Brady Bunch got to actually dressing like hippies would be season 2 episode 43, where Greg moves into Mike's den and creates his own swinging, Mod pad...

Having lived in a Deadhead hippie college town in the past, I will whole-heartily concur that hippies are hands down, without a doubt, some of the most FANTASTIC COOKS in existence.

Having the munchies as part of your lifestyle will do that...
posted by mikelieman at 2:29 PM on July 12, 2010


> The closest the Brady Bunch got to actually dressing like hippies would be season 2 episode 43, where Greg moves into Mike's den and creates his own swinging, Mod pad...

I wonder if that's where he toked up.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:33 PM on July 12, 2010


What's Frances McDormand doing in that Hippie Kitchen?!?!
posted by thehuskybride at 3:45 PM on July 12, 2010


Aw heck, I thought this was gonna be about these people. These pics just look like pretty much anybody in the 70s, bad wallpaper and all. And some look like they were scanned from magazines.

Think I'll wander off and make brownies now.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:11 PM on July 12, 2010


Actually, most of the people in these photos look more or less like my parents did in the 70s. And they were most assuredly hippies.

Anyway, this makes me happy.


Me too, on both counts.
posted by Forktine at 5:13 PM on July 12, 2010


Yeah, when did kitchens turn into such sterile, lifeless places? Late 80's? Most people today want or have large, barely used showplaces with the ubiquitous granite counters and stainless appliances. These photos show kitchens that were warm gathering places to really cook and enjoy your meals with friends and family.

Makes me remember the huge parties my parents would throw, where my mother would cook for 3 days straight.
posted by nikitabot at 5:27 PM on July 12, 2010


This is my favorite kind of hippie kitchen (ah, Bread and Puppet, how I miss the good old days.)
posted by Wuggie Norple at 5:29 PM on July 12, 2010


Yeah, when did kitchens turn into such sterile, lifeless places? Late 80's? Most people today want or have large, barely used showplaces with the ubiquitous granite counters and stainless appliances. These photos show kitchens that were warm gathering places to really cook and enjoy your meals with friends and family.

My parents have granite counters and a bunch of stainless appliances, the ceramic-stove thingie and all that jazz. When they have company over, people inevitably gravitate towards the kitchen because one of them is finishing up some part of cooking and then they all hang around there.

The company makes the kitchen, not the other way around.

/shamelessly wants a big kitchen with modern appliances.
posted by Lemurrhea at 6:34 PM on July 12, 2010


Yeah, when did kitchens turn into such sterile, lifeless places?

When everyone started obsessing about resale value and return on investment instead of just having a nice place to live.
posted by octothorpe at 7:29 PM on July 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yes, there were hard core commune naked hippies with hair down to their asses, but the average 1972 hippie looked more or less like these people. College dropouts with mixed-up ideas about how to create a perfect world after the dreams of 1967 started blowing up...but people who knew where the military-industrial-buy-a-Barcalounger-on-12-easy-payments world was taking the world and they knew it was wrong. Knowing this gave them a sense that there was a deeper meaning to the world...it was just going to take a little longer than planned. But they had all the time in the world. They were in their twenties.

Funny how thirty or forty years flies by. Not so funny how things have turned out.
posted by kozad at 8:37 PM on July 12, 2010


> when did kitchens turn into such sterile, lifeless places?

They never did--this would only be the fault of the owners. We have a big ass kitchen with the usual countertops and appliances, and people love to hang out in it. When we have larger gatherings, the center island becomes the buffet table and people can queue around and then hang off to the side eating and chatting. Big kitchens are great.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:17 PM on July 12, 2010


Holy wood-burning, cast-iron Christ on a hot-plate! WTF ?
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 10:36 PM on July 12, 2010


I believe those people were convicted of littering, PareidoliaticBoy, and later used that conviction as proof that they weren't moral enough to join the Army.
posted by arto at 11:20 PM on July 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


So ... you can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant, it turns out?
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 11:56 PM on July 12, 2010



It cruelly observes our own mortality by displaying the moments of others, frozen in time, where they seemed to have forgotten their own.

Doesn't it just. Something about some of these kinds of pictures that always fills me with a bitter sweet ache, half melancholy, half nostalgia. Memories of the bright moments in a gloomy sky that come from times running wild around the fringes of the back to the land as a child I guess, the promise of another world to come that never was. But don't I ever fall for it every time.
posted by tallus at 1:04 AM on July 13, 2010


I haven't seen any pics of someone rolling or smoking a J (which was common in hippie kitchens), though I haven't been through all the pics.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 1:11 AM on July 13, 2010


A couple of interesting appearances I noticed: this has got to be Banana from The Youngbloods.
Robert Plant
Brand New Pair of Rollerskates, Melanie.
Stir it up.
posted by wsg at 2:10 AM on July 13, 2010


Here's the Melanie shot. Heh heh
posted by wsg at 2:13 AM on July 13, 2010


Would you like some fondue? Cheese in the burnt orange pot, or chocolate in the avocado green. Bon app├ętit!
posted by Marla Singer at 7:18 AM on July 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


So my kitchen looked like these until last December. Yellow-y appliances, and even an old 1960s cartoon poster from the local fire department inside one cabinet door showing about fire safety. You could barely fit 2 people in there, and this was a big house. It was super dated looking, but cheery. So then I started obsessing about resale value and kept planning to update the kitchen but was too cheap. Finally I caved about 6 months ago and took out a loan to buy $3500 worth of stainless appliances. About a month later I split up with my wife and now she lives in the house with the nice updated kitchen ... and I still pay the loan. I'm sure there's a life lesson here, but I don't know what it is. Wait, yes I do. Never update your kitchen or you will invoke the kitchen tiki curse!

Also smooth top stoves and microwaves with a vent suck compared to simple old school coils and a real vent hood.*

*completely objective statement not tainted by bitterness
posted by freecellwizard at 8:36 AM on July 13, 2010


I compared and contrasted this to Vogue's description of Gwyneth Paltrow's kitchen (picture):

More accurately, the first thing I noticed was how beautiful and clean her kitchen is, all white and filled with enviable appliances, including a dedicated deep-fat fryer. Gwyneth admitted to being a neat freak, as her father was. She also seems to be in control of her time, scheduling every hour closely, with precise awareness of how long things take, including cooking.


It must be nice to be so rich. Then again, to must suck to be the kind of person who gives the impression that they are so stuck up and cold.
posted by anniecat at 10:01 AM on July 13, 2010


Gwyneth Paltrow has a deep-fat fryer? For what? Don't tell me fried food comes within a mile of her mouth.

Yeah, anniecat, I'm glad we have celebrities like ole Gwynnie to remind us just how shallow and unlovely celebrities usually are and we should neither envy them nor try to emulate them.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:13 AM on July 14, 2010


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