Vintage baking tools and equipment
This page illustrates and comments on tools and equipment that were commonly used in the preparation of cakes and tarts, etc., up until around the middle of the 20th century.
The introductory page describes the materials from which they were made. I have personally used all the tools and equipment shown here or seen older people using them.
How it all changed: the Kenwood Chef electric food mixer
You can see how much hard work it was to use these tools because they had to be used by hand. The Kenwood Chef changed everying. It came on the market in the 1950s and actually mixed food by just pressing a button. It came with numerous attachments for mixing different sorts of dough and the speed of mixing could also be adjusted. It was the ultimate wedding present in the 1960s.
I was offered one as a wedding present by my mother-in-law. The idea was that it was going to save me a great deal of time and effort in my new domestic role. She had one herself and thought it was wonderful. In practice, though, I didn't like its bulk as it had to stand on a visible surface even when not in use. I made it clear that I would prefer a smaller hand mixer. In the end, I had to buy the hand mixer myself, but I have never regretted it.