There are so many great things about this picture: The wife's "well now..." one-finger-on-the- cheek expression is one-upped by the husband smoking a pipe while washing dishes. One nice thing is that this gives pictorial evidence that, contrary to not-very-credible memes, the role of a housewife in the 50's was not necessarily expected to be one of a lobotomized worker-droid.
I just recently discovered this retro dish pattern, called "Jubilee," from Syracuse china. Syracuse was a supplier of restaurant dishes and legend has it, this pattern was used in Denny's restaurants in the early 60's. Bits and pieces can still be found on ebay.