Casting aside the privations of the second world war, washing machines, gave televisions pride of place in the living room, American architects embraced the must-have mod-cons: they wrapped fitted kitchens around fridges, dishwashers and electric ovens, and built integrated garages for enormous space-age cars.
The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970sCountryman Press #ad - Counter heights were standardized, appliances were designed in fashionable colors, and convenience foods took over families’ plates. With archival photographs, advertisements, and movie stills, magazine pages, The Midcentury Kitchen captures the spirit of an era—and a room—where anything seemed possible.
. Sarah archer, in this delightful romp through a simpler time, shows us how the prosperity of the 1950s kicked off the technological and design ideals of today’s kitchen. A refreshing retro-kitchen history" —florence Fabricant, The New York TimesNearly everyone alive today has experienced cozy, welcoming kitchens packed with conveniences that we now take for granted.
The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s #ad - In fact, while contemporary appliances might look a little different and work a little better than those of the 1950s, the midcentury kitchen has yet to be improved upon. During the optimistic consumerism of midcentury America when families were ready to put their newfound prosperity on display, companies from General Electric to Pyrex to Betty Crocker were there to usher them into a new era.
1950s Housewife: Marriage and Homemaking in the 1950sThe History Press #ad - From the perils of "courting" to the inevitable list of wedding gifts to the household tips that any self-respecting new wife should know, this book collects heartwarming personal anecdotes from women who embarked on married life during this fascinating post-war period, providing a trip down memory lane for any wife or child of the 1950s.
1950s Housewife: Marriage and Homemaking in the 1950s #ad - . A nostalgic look at what it was like to be a housewife in the 1950sBeing a housewife in the 1950s was quite different than today. Women were expected to create a spotless home, delicious meals, and an inviting bedroom.
Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book: How to Plan Colors and Furnishings That Reflect the Personality of Your FamilyBetter Homes & Gardens #ad - While exploring numerous styles, the main theme of the book is the on-trend mid-century modern sensibility, a style as appropriate today as it was six decades ago when the book was initially released. Richard nixon is next in command to president Dwight Eisenhower, the Dow Jones soars above 500, and Norma Jean Mortenson legally changes her name to Marilyn Monroe.
And during this boom period, grateful young families thrilled to find themselves homeowners after the uncertainty of the Great Depression followed by a second Great War. Those empty rooms needed filling in order to make the house a home, and homeowners turned to the iconic Better Homes and Gardens brand.
Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book: How to Plan Colors and Furnishings That Reflect the Personality of Your Family #ad - Better homes and gardens decorating book, became the new home bible for injecting class, the first edition of a title that would spawn ten editions over the years, style and the occasional misguided cowboy wallpaper into American homes. Two words described the decade, as John Updike wrote in the short story “When Everyone Was Pregnant”: Fear and gratitude.
With this welcome hardcover release, reproduced exactly as it looked and read in the 1950s, everything old is new again. Take a walk down memory lane with this 1950s decorating classic, re-released for a whole new generation The year is 1956. Filled with hundreds of full-color period photos, dozens of adorable illustrations, and decorating tips and tricks that are both helpful and nostalgic, the book remains a fun classic.
America is a mere decade past World War II.
Culture and Technology: A PrimerPeter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers #ad - Culture and technology is an essential guide to that debate and its fascinating history. After all, what we think and what we do make a difference. It is a primer for beginners and an invaluable resource for those deeply committed to understanding the new digital culture. The award-winning first edition 2005 has been comprehensively updated to incorporate new technologies and contemporary theories about them.
. Slack and wise untangle and expose cultural assumptions that underlie our thinking about technology, stories so deeply held we often don’t recognize their influence. The book considers the perceived inevitability of technological progress, the role of control and convenience, and the very sense of what technology is.
Culture and Technology: A Primer #ad - It considers resistance to dominant stories by Luddites, the Unabomber, and the alternative technology movement. Most important, it builds an alternative, economics, one that considers politics, cultural studies approach for engaging technological culture, space, identity, time, and change. From mobile phones to surveillance cameras, from fracking to genetically modified food, we live in an age of intense debate about technology’s place in our culture.
Midcentury Christmas Stocking Stuffer Edition Stocking Stuffer EditionCountryman Press #ad - Midcentury Christmas Stocking Stuffer Edition Stocking Stuffer Edition #ad - The perfect joy-filled stocking stuffer!" —Woman's WorldMidcentury America was a wonderland of department stores, suburban cul-de-sacs, and Tupperware parties. At christmastime, postwar america’s dreams and desires were on full display, from shopping mall Santas to shiny aluminum Christmas trees, from the Grinch to Charlie Brown’s beloved spindly Christmas tree.
With more than 100 colorful illustrations and iconic designs, Sarah Archer celebrates the turning point of Christmas in America, when new technologies and unprecedented prosperity made anything seem possible. Midcentury christmas is sure to be on everyone’s wish lists.
Classic Household Hints: Over 500 Old and New Tips for a Happier HomeABRAMS #ad - An illustrated, nostalgic how-to guide to achieving a clean, organized, and happy home—with over 500 retro tips and tricks! Return your household to the simpler times of yesteryear with this delightful guide full of time- and money-saving tips on everything from cleaning and organizing your home to buying and handling food.
Even in an age of endless new household products and devices, these old-fashioned, tried-and-true methods can help any homeowner keep a cleaner, happier home. A thoroughly researched compendium of the best american home life tips from the 1920s through the ’60s, Classic Household Hints is filled with useful information, fascinating sidebars, full-color illustrations, and quotes—providing practical help as well as fun for housekeepers and neat freaks everywhere.
The 1950s Kitchen Shire Library Book 627Shire Publications #ad - New space-age material formica, and the ingredients for 1950s staples: semolina, topped sleek cupboards that contained new classic wares such as Pyrex and 'Homemaker' crockery, decorated with fashionable patterns, coronation chicken and spotted dick. The 1950s was the first great age of the modern kitchen.
The 1950s Kitchen Shire Library Book 627 #ad - Bold colour, clean lines and stainless steel were keynotes of the decade. Labour-saving appliances, bright colours and the novelty of fitted units moved the kitchen from dankness into light, where it became the domain of the happy housewife and the heart of the home. This book – a celebration of cooking, eating and living in the 1950s kitchen – is a feast of nostalgia, and a mine of inspiration for anyone wanting to recreate that '50s look in their own home.
. Electricity entered the kitchens of millions, and nowhere in the home was modern technology and modern design more evident.