Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

House + Home magazine, November 1953

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  It seems to be mostly a magazine for house builders, but it is also an historical reference piece.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.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Ann! I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog today, so that I could discover yours!

    This is such a wonderful tribute to you mother-in-law. Madeline Farmer Parquette - what a lovely name.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what else she had in her boxes. What a blessing to her family that she was such a saver!