We found a box of House + Home magazines in Madeline's attic. They were in an open box and very dusty, so I picked this one out from the middle and we pitched the rest. Today I finally had a chance to read it and of course wish we had kept the whole boxfull. It seems to be mostly a magazine for house builders, but it is also an historical reference piece. Here are a few selected pages. (Click on pic to enlarge.)
Electric ranges were all the rage in 1953. Is that the first wall oven?
Crane Co, before their time, with a kitchen open to the living room. Of course you had to have a curtain to close it off. Wonder why the "balcony kitchen" didn't take off?
Plastic wall tiles - the word "grout" is not even mentioned. I'm sure those were a devil to get off.
Now everyone wants gas--go figure!
Interesting article on mortages and the demand for VA loans after the war.
Wood on the walls: whose idea was that?
Love this idea! Wish they listed the price.
If you can't afford real wood on your walls, this was the cheaper alternative. Still don't like it.
I draw your attention to the highlighted item on "split-level" row houses. Wouldn't you love to buy a home for those prices in 2010?!
I include this to give you an idea of a 1950's style home. They make those rubber tile floors look chic, but it looks cold to me. I do love the chandlier, though. And my husband and I always sit around the living room in our formal evening clothes.
Hope you enjoyed this visit back in time as much as I did.