Defined by its distinctive, punched-tin ventilating panels, the food safe could once be found in nearly every home in the Shenandoah Valley. but as popular as it was in the nineteenth century, by the mid-twentieth century its popularity was largely over. Today, with the exception of inclusion in private and museum collections and antiques shops, this distinctive furniture form - often called a "pie safe" - can scarcely be found. Why was it once so popular? How did it evolve? What contributed to its demise? This book, the first comprehensive study of its kind, answers these questions and more, opening the door - finally - to the story of the safe and the cultural insights it has to share.
With index, selected bibliography, and dozens of colorful images.
This book was produced subsequent to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley exhibition Safes of the Valley (May 11, 2014-March 29, 2015) by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.