Friday, September 14, 2018

Vintage 1950s Homes


Vintage 1950s
Homes
Children's' Bedroom

          When you think of childhood bedrooms, what colors spring to mind first? For girls, probably pink, lavender or purple, for boys, blue, green or yellow.   

          Many times the rooms featured sloping ceilings, as they have often converted attic spaces, a very tiny walk-in closet, and a small window. Wallpaper featured tiny pale yellow and green flower blossoms for girls or trucks and sports for boys.

                These colorful rooms were eye-catching. Each centered around a particular color while adding in accents and decor in coordinating themes. Most children's rooms were sparsely furnished but well decorated.


          Teen bedrooms were another story. They were not necessarily pink, or blues but vibrant colors, with turquoise winning out in popularity. Themes ranged from heartthrobs to sports, to college or travel. Many times it was a mix! Again sparsely furnished but elaborately decorated.

Friday, September 7, 2018

1950s Vintage Cars


Vintage 1950s

Cars

The Packard Caribbean

The Packard Caribbean was a personal luxury car produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan from 1953 through 1956. It was produced only as a convertible from 1953 to 1955, a hardtop model was added in its final year of 1956.

          The Caribbean line was equipped with a V8 engine and the car was available in two or three-tone paint patterns. Designer Richard Teague succeeded in restyling the old Packard Senior body into a sensational, modern-looking design. Production for 1955 stood at only 500 units.
          For 1956, trim differences between the 1955 and 1956 cars were slight. Total model year production equaled 263 hardtops and 276 convertibles. The model was discontinued when Packard production ended in Detroit.
          It competed head-to-head with Cadillac at one time. The boldly designed Packard offered a wraparound windshield, large tail lamps, lavish interior appointments, and an aircraft-inspired instrument panel.

          One was offered for sale at the St. John's auction presented by RM Auctions in 2012. The car was estimated to sell for $70,000-$90,000. As bidding came to a close, that particular car was sold for the sum of $41,250 including buyer's premium.


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Vintage 1950s Food




These "Candleholders" my brother and I called them were a staple in our house growing up in New York. During Autumn and Winter fresh fruit was not plentiful so canned and frozen vegetables and fruits were common.

Peach Candle Salad

1-1/2 t of unflavored gelatin           1 T of lemon juice
1/4 cup of cold water                      1/2 t of grated lemon rinds
1 cup of cottage cheese                1/4 t of salt
1/2 cup of cream or milk                 6 Del Monte peach halves
1/4 cup of sugar                              Lettuce
                                                          Cranberry sauce


Dissolve gelatin in cold water over hot water. Combine next 6 ingredients and stir into gelatin. Press peach halves cut side down in large individual custard cups. Divide the cheese mixture evenly among the peach halves in the cups. Chill until firm. Unmold in lettuce cups and spoon cranberry sauce inside the center of the peach half.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Vintage 1950s Homes

Vintage 1950s

Home Gardens

          In the 1950’s garden, an assortment of mass-produced decorations were scattered around such as plastic wildlife, garden gnomes, black jockey statues, lantern holders, etc. You would also find wide open, well-manicured lawns and an abundance of round- or box-pruned evergreen foundation plants.

          Foundation plants for the front yard included attractive year-round hedges. While many people opted for evergreens, yew,  juniper, boxwood, and holly were often used.

          An increase of landscaping was noted. It refers to the hard elements, or nonliving features of the landscape, i.e. decks and walkways to edging and ornamental features.

          Where one lived, was a major factor in its overall design. Living in warmer climes, the gardens took on a more tropical style. In other areas plants focused more towards subtropical to temperate schemes. Many gardens in the 50’s reflected on outdoor-indoor living, as patios and swimming pools were quite popular. Popular hardscape and outdoor furniture color schemes were pink, black and turquoise. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Vintage 1950s Toys


Vintage 1950s Toys

Colorforms
          The Colorforms concept was developed by Harry and Patricia Kislevitz in 1951. Both recent art students, the couple discovered the idea when they acquired several rolls of flexible paper-thin colored vinyl used to manufacture plastic pocketbooks. It would stick to the glossy paint in their bathroom and allow them to reposition it at will without affecting either surface. 

Simply cutting shapes out of the material and sticking them to the wall turned out to be amusing enough that they left extra vinyl with a pair of scissors for guests to add to their creation. The positive reactions they got to the project led them to believe there was market potential as a product.

          The original Colorforms sets were spiral-bound booklets hand-assembled by the husband and wife team in their New York City apartment. The first 1,000 sets were sold 'on concept' to the FAO Schwarz toy store. Shallow boxed sets containing screen-printed, die-cut pieces, and illustrated backgrounds began appearing soon after. The company used the slogan "It's More Fun To Play The Colorforms Way!" in print ads and television commercials to promote their products.


          Since its inception, more than a billion Colorforms play sets have been produced and sold.

Friday, May 18, 2018

vintage 1950s Scandals


The William Talman Scandal

          William Talman, a television and movie actor is best known for playing Los Angeles District Attorney Hamilton Burger in the long-running series, Perry Mason.

          In 1953, Talman played a sadistic, psychopathic killer in a film noir  The Hitch-Hiker. The New York Times wrote, "William Talman, as the ruthless murderer, makes the most of one of the year's juiciest assignments." His performance was also noted by Gail Patrick Jackson, executive producer of the CBS-TV series Perry Mason.

          What you may not know is his arrest. Sheriff's deputies raided a party on March 13, 1960, in a private home in Beverly Hills at which Talman was a guest. The deputies reported finding Talman and seven of the other defendants either nude or seminude. All were arrested for possession of marijuana an lewd vagrancy.  Municipal judge Adolph Alexander dropped the possession charge and dismissed the lewd vagrancy charges against Talman and the others on June 17 for lack of proof. "I don’t approve of their conduct," the judge ruled, "but it is not for you and me to approve but to enforce the statutes. Despite this Talman was fired by CBS.

          Talman was later rehired after Perry Mason producer Gail Patrick Jackson made a request to CBS following a massive letter-writing campaign by viewers.

                Talman was married three times and had 3 children and 2 stepchildren. He died of lung cancer on August 30, 1968, at the age of 53.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Vintage 1950s Food


Rice and Beef Porcupines

When I was young my mother made meatloaf every Monday. When she discovered this recipe the meatloaf retired and the porcupines were hired! I made some the other day, it serves about 4 people.

1 lb ground beef
2 tsp chopped onions
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 cup raw rice, well washed
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp fat
2 small cans of tomato sauce
1 cup of water

Form mixture into 10-12 balls, brown them lightly in a saucepan in fat
Drain off excess fat and add tomato sauce and 1 cup of water.

Cover tightly, simmer 45-50 minutes or until rice is tender. Serve with flavory pan gravy.