Any day I get to use a chainsaw in the house is a good day...The Old Victorian Webcomic is written by Daniel Meyer and illustrated by Ralph Hayes Junior.

Kitchen Door

ottericon15I’m long used to him brandishing power tools…but I’m pretty sure he was screaming (yes, screaming, not singing) lyrics from “Bad Moon Rising” by CCR

“Hope you’ve got your things together…hope you’re quite prepared to die…”

wolficon6I always sing when I work!

This was a job that should have been tackled 50 years ago. Except for the kitchen, the entire house was carefully designed for family, gatherings, and aesthetics. The kitchen was plain, stark, and unwelcoming. This was not an oversight, rather, it was an element of deliberate status assignment.

When we bought a refrigerator we had to remove most of the original door-frame AND take the refrigerator apart just to get it in the room. The only door in the house that is nearly as small as the kitchen door is the door into the “water-closet” (also a room of dubious status in that era) which was installed under the stairs when plumbing was first brought indoors here.

Oh…just in case you think we’re kidding…here’s the hole…and here it is with the new casement.

↓ Transcript
Narration: Unlike today's elaborate showplaces, Victorian kitchens were the domain of the domestic help, and were not fancy or friendly places. The homeowners seldom ventured there.
Narration: Plain construction, no decor, and sparse, functional furnishings ruled the day.
Narration: Even the door indicated its status: Very small, lacking any fancy trim.
Narration: We had to struggle just to get a refrigerator in.
Narration: But our kitchen is to be a friendly, open place.
SFX: BRRRApppRaaaPPPPPaaaAAAAaaaappppPPpaaaa (chainsaw noises)
Carey, Mom: AAAIGH!!
Narration: Besides, I was tired of hitting my head on the door frame.
Daniel: What's up with them?
Mike: Just high-strung I guess.


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