Kevin Henry
Ultimate Takeout

It's 1957, and as the Disney camera focuses on a rack of shiny dishes rising from a kitchen console in the just-completed Monsanto House of the Future, an enthusiastic announcer suggests that, in the future, "Dishwashing chores will be a pleasure. Especially when this ultrasonic dishwasher does the job." The millions of American moms who tromped through Disneyland's futuristic kitchen between 1957 and 1967—oohing over a refrigerator hidden behind paneling and ahhing over a dishwasher popping out of a credenza that doubled as a communications center—came out of there lusting for a kitchen that looked, well, less like a kitchen. In short, they wanted a...