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When this building was new (1818 ), all cooking was done in the open fireplace. After a couple of decades, the wood- or peat fired stove was installed. This was later supplied with cooking apparatus. In 1921 one got electricity in Skudeneshavn, and the eletric oven dates from the same period.

The kitchen is painted in pink. Pink and blue used to be the most popular colours for kitchens. The reason is said to be that those paints contained cobalt pigments, Which again holds small quanta of arsenic. The small quanta of poisonous vapour from the wall, was enough to keep flies and other insects away from the room.

Do also notice the fine woodcarvings on the lists in the ceiling.


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