From The Gilbreth Network Online: Gilbreth Photos

The Ferguson sites held a couple of dozen photos, which in their time were the only commonly available ones of the Gilbreths or any related topic. Today, hundreds of Gilbreth photos—including many of these—can be found on the web, with countless thousands of duplicates. Still, it does no harm to preserve the ones that were available in the earliest days of online information.

[Archivist's note: I have used the original captions with a few selective updates.]


Anne's wedding portrait, 1926.

The original cover of Belles.

The family in 'Foolish Carriage, on Nantucket Island, probably 1919.
Note that the photo and car are correctly oriented (right-hand drive!)

The original cover of Cheaper.

A contemporary (~1950) ad for the Cheaper movie.

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, about 1948.

Frank Bunker Gilbreth (Sr.), about 1904 (age 37).

Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., about 1948.

Lillian with all surviving children except Anne, about 1923.

Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth , about 1904.

The entire family in front of the Nantucket cottage "The Shoe," 1923.

Lilllian at her home desk in Rhode Island, 1916.

Lillian Gilbreth's "The Kitchen Practical" and Other Demonstration Projects

In 1929, Lillian designed a model kitchen for the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company. Although to modern eyes it may seem unremarkable, it was the first of anything like a modern, efficiency kitchen in an era when kitchens were vast rooms requiring hundreds of steps between stove, icebox, sink and work tables just to make a quick meal.

The notion of a kitchen built to precisely fit a user's height, reach and size is an idea that's unfortunately been lost.

In 1934, Lillian helped the New York Herald-Trib design a perfect "little" house for families, based on the same efficiency principles as all of hers and Frank's other work, adapted to the home. This may have been among the last frame single-family homes built in Manhattan. I believe none of the type exist there now.

The even more recognizably modern kitchen of the "Little House."

The "Gilbreth Management Desk" for the home, designed by Lillian in 1939 for an IBM exhibit.

— from the website The Gilbreth Network Online. Reformatted but unedited. All rights remain with the author and/or publisher.