Built-in breakfast nooks became wildly popular in the early 1920s and especially so in kit homes. After the grand Victorian home fell from favor, the bungalow craze took over and suddenly The Little House was the best house to have.
Bungalow builders and architects dealt with small houses by making the best use of small spaces, such as a built-in table and matching benches for the morning meal. It was a wonderful idea, and also saved the housewife some work. It was easier to set up and clean off a small table in the kitchen than dealing with the big fancy wooden table in the dining room.
This is the third of three posts on breakfast nooks at this site. Read more about breakfast nooks (and see many more photos) here and here.
Below are pictures from Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs, showing the breakfast nook (with prices) of the early 1920s.
The 1921 Sears Building Materials catalog shows two breakfast nooks.
"The Dawn" has a fold-away table.
When the sun comes out, the table automatically drops down into place! Awesome!
"The Dawn" is 2'6" wide and 4' long. Pretty small, but the price is right.
The Sunrise is only $32.90. I'll take two!
"The Sunrise" lacks the automatic features of "The Dawn," but it is a much nicer looking table, and quite a bit larger, too.
Cover of the 1932 Montgomery Ward Building Material catalog, which featured breakfast nooks.
A close-up of the built-in breakfast nook featured on the cover of the hardware catalog.
The "cozy corner dinette" sold for a mere $14.95. Nice looking, too.
Another room? Well, maybe. Good-looking nookie, though.
This fine looking table was offered in the Sears Preston, a spacious Colonial kit home. Note that the benches don't have backs! Nothing says comfort like a hard-plaster wall!
The "Pullman Breakfast Alcove" came with your Sears Ashmore. More modest than the others, it has simple benches with no seat backs.
And it's in color! From a late 1920s Wardway/Gordon Van Tine catalog, this breakfast nook looks cozy and inviting.
And the real deal – in the flesh – a 1930s breakfast nook as seen in the Sears Lynnhaven in southern Illinois.
Awesome rooster towels not included.
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