While considering the next Now You Know topic, it seemed like we had already covered “everything but the kitchen sink.” So, naturally, the kitchen sink was the obvious choice for this month.
While stainless steel kitchen sinks seem to be ubiquitous, they have only existed for the past 75 years or so. Kitchen sinks made from other materials (e.g., stone) trace back about 150 years. Even enameled cast iron sinks were not used before the 1890s. Prior to that and the availability of running water and sewage, a bowl or bucket was used inside a dry sink, which was a metal trough built into a wooden cabinet.