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Hoosier cabinets

"Hoosier" Cabinet

"Hoosier" is the name given to a particular style of kitchen work unit, popular in the early 1900's. Designed around a large wood cabinet often made of oak, 'Hoosiers" are distinguished by special features such as pull-out porcelain work areas, large flour bins, sugar bins, tin bread drawers, spice jars, pot and pan racks and many other features for the "modern, efficient kitchen."

"Hoosier" cabinets were built by many different manufacturers. As such, "Hoosier" is a generic term, derived both from the name of the largest maker of these units, The Hoosier Manufacturing Company of New Castle, Indiana, and from the fact that almost all of these cabinet makers were located in the "Hoosier" state of Indiana.

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