Abalone submarine detectors
April 30, 2013 12:15 AM   Subscribe

The Kitchen Brothers were, perhaps, ahead of their time.

You can still see their houses at 1211 Fair Avenue and 519 Fair Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. Kenneth was a bricklayer, Raymond was a mason, and both had a ...unique... style. Would you believe that they tried to detect Japanese submarines off the coast of California in World War II with their abalone-encrusted obelisks? Would you believe that the Navy actually listened to them?

But perhaps you have heard of the Kitchen Sisters on NPR. Their name is inspired by the Kitchen Brothers. Awesome.
posted by overleaf (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
abalone-encrusted obelisk is my new band name.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:11 AM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Here's a few more pics, if you're interested.
posted by surplus at 7:19 AM on April 30, 2013

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