Tag: 1950s

Coronet, September 1952: Skin Has No Sex

This article by Bernice Johns, full of fall skin care tips for men and women, was found in the September 1952 edition of Coronet Magazine. 

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Vintage Sundays

I love Sundays. Sometimes I sneak in a nap, if my boys will all let me. Sometimes I go a little crazy, getting projects done around the house that I don’t have time to do during the week. On cool Sundays in the fall, I’ll usually make a day of it in the kitchen, and prepare menus out of one of my old cookbooks. Since today was a bajillion degrees too warm for kitchen work and I had my weekend nap on Saturday, it was crazy project time.

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Today’s Entertainment: September 21, 1952

It’s mid-morning and you’ve just finished washing, drying and putting away the breakfast dishes. “Whitehall 1212” is playing and you pour another cup of coffee so that you can linger at the kitchen table to hear the thrilling conclusion.

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Vintage Housekeeping Schedule: The Bedrooms

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Vintage Housekeeping Schedule: The Kitchen

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How to Prepare Easy Vintage Breakfasts

I’ve been laid up much of the past week in my yellow boucle recliner, recovering from minor surgery. To keep myself sane, I’ve been paging through “recent” magazines… well, magazines published from around this time of year, anyway, only about 68 years ago.

My attention was snagged earlier by a vintage article about breakfasts. It’s after 10:00 PM now, and all I want to do is make breakfast. So, I’ve done the next best thing and written a post about it instead. Continue reading “How to Prepare Easy Vintage Breakfasts”

Mary and Russel Wright’s Guide to Easier Living, 1954: Living Rooms

Mary and Russel Wright’s Guide to Easier Living, originally published in 1950, proposed a change in the way the modern home was furnished, organized and managed. Before 1950, many families still had big houses, formal parlors with the heavy and ornate Victorian-style furniture that had been popular for decades, and sometimes even a servant or a “day girl” to help with some of the heavier work. But with houses getting smaller and post-war design leaning toward streamlined, modern and efficient, Mary and Russel Wright’s Guide to Easier Living was a perfectly-timed capitalization on the new and rapidly rising trend of simplicity.

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The Vintage Wardrobe

Just one quick post to break the radio silence before I head to my waiting homework…

My vintage wardrobe has arrived and here’s a quick peek at three outfits I’ve worn to work so far:

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See Bitsy Jump–Right into 1950’s Fashion.

I’m trying not to feel guilty about this… but I’ve ordered a wardrobe. An entire, full-on vintage inspired wardrobe, from top to toes. Undergarments, nylons, dresses, shrugs, cardigans, shoes, accessories–10 days’ worth–to rotate through during my work weeks. In my defense, I’m a stalwart thrift-store shopper and have spent far less on clothing in the last two decades than your average American, and though it feels like I’ve dropped a lot of money at once, $488.00 is not unreasonable for a complete spring wardrobe.

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