Going Home to the Fifties
a book that celebrates that wonderful decade known as the 1950's. Not only is the text informative, but the wonderful pictures and illustrations, along with real advertisements, make this book a must-have. There are chapters about The Living Room, Kitchen, Bed and Bath. With the postwar economic boom, a vast middle class emerged. Suburbs exploded across the country, and the new industrial complex cranked out cars, appliances, and home furnishings in record numbers. In Going Home to the Fifties, Bill Yenne guides readers through an idealized neighborhood of the period, from the schools, roads, and commuter trains to the homes, kitchens, and backyards - all drawn from the fantasy worlds created by advertising.
Retro Housewife: A Salute to the Suburban Superwoman
Nothing can keep the 1950s housewife down - not dirt, not disappointment, not life! With a smile and a little elbow grease, she tackles the cranky husband after work, calms rowdy children with a snack, and erases that stubborn bathtub ring. Add the improvements of "modern" technology, and she’s got time to do even more. Dancing across the floor, mop in hand and makeup in place, RETRO HOUSEWIFE is a tongue-in-cheek presentation of the role of the 1950s housewife. Vintage product advertisements trumpet the man as head of household and woman as keeper of the home, with special instructions for women on how to be an attentive wife, efficient homemaker, and supermom. Kitschy and fun, this look back at how far we’ve come makes a perfect gift for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, baby showers.
Modern Design: The Fabulous 50s
A creative explosion in design made the 1950s one of the most exciting periods of the twentieth century. New materials and manufacturing methods meant that form, color, and function were all reconsidered, innovations that shook the traditional ways of thinking and awoke the imagination of the public. Here is a look at the fabulous 50s designs, from furniture and lighting to glass and pottery. Valuable resource for those who appreciate 50s design.
The American Diner
This is a wonderful book for nostalgia nuts! The many photographs and descriptions of pre-fast food America will remind you of simpler times, or make you sad that you missed them. The diner images in this book are fantastic, both the vintage and current shots. Many are full page size and more, giving the reader a closeup look at some of America's greatest diners. Along with really informative historical text, each chapter contains a sidebar that highlights a particularly cool diner.
While bopping in the booth of your newly designed 50s look playroom, become hopelessy devoted to an
Elvis Presley cardboard cutout and/or Elvis Presley wall decal
or spin back in time with
Marilyn Monroe wall decals - Audrey Hepburn and James Dean standups
Create a room that will
bring back those Happy Days from the Fabulous 50s
50s decorting ideas
to get you going ...
Black and white posters - color posters - of the great 50s legends
Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Elvis
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Transport your venue into the days of diners and drive-ins!
Create a fun fab 50s style
bedroom, kitchen, playroom, living room, basement or party
50s Decorating Blog
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Ice-cream decor blog
Fun Kitchen blog
Las Vegas Rooms
Pink Poodle Rooms
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Theme Bedroom Index
Furnish the home with fun 50s themed decor
WITH 50s THEME
Decorate your walls
Chenille bedspreads - kidney shaped table tops - jukebox - vinyl records -
Some great cars were introduced in the Fifties. - accent with chevy murals,
stand ups or novelty car decorations.
A Jukebox playing Fifties music is a vital part of any Fifties theme, add a real juke box or a juke box standup. Dangle Records, decorate walls with ol 45s, or record decal stickers.
- music notes - poodles - Betty Boop - Coca-Cola - classic cars
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Great decorative Coca Cola accents for Retro Diner, Man Cave, Home Bar, Garage
All-American Ads of the 50s
The start of the cold war spurred a buying frenzy and a craze for new technology that required ad campaigns to match. The nuclear age left its mark all over the advertisements, with a spotlight on planes, rockets, and even mushroom clouds. Big, beautiful cars, styled to keep up with the space age. Editor Jim Heimann, in his essay "From Poodles to Presley, Americans Enter the Atomic Age," explains: "Car designers came up with exaggerated tail fins for automobiles to express this new accelerated speed." Modernist home interiors look slick and shiny with their molded plastic furniture and linoleum floors. While clothing and furniture styles look strangely contemporary - a testament to our current obsession with vintage. Chapters on movies, food, and travel. Great book for the collector of 50's kitsch, or if you just like the 50's look.
If you're into Retro, or are a serious or casual student of Pop Art or American pop culture, this book could be the blueprint for the whimsical looks of the 50's. An enjoyable, nostalgic, amusement park ride through the world of split-level houses, tail finned cars, and orange upholstered furniture. It's a fun read for all baby boomers as well as for any of their children who are trying to figure out why their parents think pink and green go together. While the colorful plastic and steel designs of the '50's and '60's lacked the beauty of the bronze and silk Art Deco styles of the '20' s and '30's, they are still full of a spirit of fun and excitement. Before Thomas Hine invented the term "Populuxe," the hopeful designs found in '50's and '60's fashion, furniture, architecture and automobiles were linked with the Space Age, the mighty atom, Rock 'n' Roll, and a nation in love with its wheels. This book is great fun to read with plenty of vintage pictures and insight into how the Space Age came to be.
Add to that fifties Greased Lightning feel with a themed bed 57 chevy or pink cadillac with a jivin juke box and a mix of Coca Cola memorabilia, add a twist of neon sculptures and hoppin' retro furniture accents.