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Vintage 1950′s Flour Sifter

Douglas Wood Submitted by Douglas Wood
February 15th, 2011
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This was the  garage sale find of the day for me:  a flour sifter with a spectacular 50′s tin litho illustration.  In fact, it’s so quintessentially 50′s that I actually suspected it was a repro until the owner (who’s sold stuff to me before) said it was his grandmother’s.   It’s called the “Hand-i-Sifter,” of course.

Doesn’t get much more June Cleaver than this:

And remember gender stereotypes?  Girl in pink with doll, boy in blue with baseball mitt…

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9 Responses to “Vintage 1950′s Flour Sifter”

  1. Allee Willis Allee Willis says:


    I used to collect sifters. Very rare to have illustrations on them like this one. These are the kind of 50s graphics that are used so much in repro items so I can see how you might have thought that this was a repro too. But it looks very worn on the bottom metal and I’m very happy to hear that it’s original and has found an excellent home!

  2. Nessa Nessa says:

    This is great! I have never seen anything like it. Sooo lucky that it’s not rusty, it’s somewhat difficult to find vintage sifters that aren’t a total disaster.

  3. Nessa Nessa says:

    Also, is it my imagination or can you see the sink through mom’s apron?

  4. windupkitty windupkitty says:

    wow, this is incredible…I actually love sifters but only own two…I had no idea they ever came with graphics like this though…really fabulous!!!!!

  5. Michael Ely Michael Ely says:

    Very cool! Great graphics and wonderful colors!

  6. k2dtw k2dtw says:

    Great post…Love the sifter so much!! I’m looking at all the red handled utensils mom has hanging on the wall, do you think they’re bakelite…smile

  7. denny denny says:

    Oooh, this is a great find!

  8. Karen Karen says:

    This is great! Usually the graphics are worn or chipped off but this one is in superior condition!

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