Floral designs, vintage homewares, and classic dark wood furniture dominated the living room assets. Listening to the radio or record player provided enjoyment in the living room, but a lack of material meant that old garments and soft furnishings had to be modified and mended. The kitchen was the most important room in any American home; it was here that the family got together to eat and socialize. The kitchen was also where many household chores were done. As you can see, homes were very simple but functional.
There were few amenities in early 20th century homes. Most kitchens did not have refrigerators, and those that did had ice boxes instead. Water was either boiled or filtered before use. Sewage was emptied into open ditches or dumped at sea side for garbage. Homes had no gas or electric heating systems, just fireplaces for cold winters and oil heaters for hot summers. There were no air-conditioning units available until after World War II when they became popular. In fact, there was only one car per family in America!
Homes were built with cheap materials that were easy to find. Stone walls were common, as were wooden floors. Some homes had brick or plaster exterior walls. A few even had tile roofs. However, these features could not be used as a basis for comparison against modern homes. They were simply part of what made homes unique. Overall, homes were small and simple.
The home from the 1950s Houses were constructed in more contemporary forms, with clean geometric lines, expanses of windows, and sliding glass doors to let the outside in. House facades during this era tended to be unadorned, while outside space grew more polished. The average size of homes rose, as did the number of rooms. In other words, you could lose your parents in a house from this time period.
They also had two working bathrooms, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. There was no such thing as "master bathroom" back then. If you wanted to make sure you didn't get caught short, you would take both cars when going on vacation so you wouldn't have to worry about leaving someone behind.
Here are some other interesting facts about the house from the 1950s:
The average price of a house in America was $15,000. By 2019, that number has increased to over $200,000.
There were an estimated 100 million empty square feet of commercial real estate space in the United States. That's equivalent to covering Chicago's Lakefront Park with building material.
In 2019, there will be a total of 3 billion hours spent watching television show episodes. That's enough time to watch TV from start to finish for every person on Earth several times over.
The majority of houses built in 1945 will not be this modern. Give it a few years, though. It's rare to have a clean, colorful, modern kitchen in a kitchen from the 1930s. This photo comes from a Flickr user of the Home Arts section of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Here again, as with our earlier image of a Thirties kitchen, we see pale yellow and white colors dominating the room. The appliances are modern, but otherwise this is a typical Mid-Twentieth Century kitchen.
There were some very popular brands of kitchens in the Thirties and Forties, such as Electric Range Company (ERCo), Frigidaire, General Electric, Hamilton Beach, and Westinghouse. There were also many unique brands on the market during this time. For example, there was Blodgett's Kitchen, which was sold in stores across America. Also, there were two dozen or more different manufacturers who made Stove-Top kettles.
In addition to brand names, prices were also relatively low in the Thirties and Forties. A house like the one in this photo could be bought for $10,000 to $20,000, depending on the size and location.
Now, here's an interesting fact: From 1935 to 1955, only 15 percent of all homes built in the United States were still owned by their original occupants. The rest had been sold or rented out. This means that 85 percent of all homes were used as rentals.
The 1940s House is a British historical reality television show produced by Wall to Wall/Channel 4 in 2001 about a modern family attempting to live as a regular middle-class family in London during World War II's Blitz. The show was created by Peter Bowker and originally aired for 10 episodes from 9 January to 23 February 2001.
During this time, London was under constant attack from Nazi Germany. The capital was regularly bombed with huge numbers of casualties. Much of the city's architecture was destroyed and many people were forced out of their homes.
In order to accommodate all these homeless people, temporary housing units were built all over London. These include blast shelters, public houses, hotel rooms, and even car parks. Some families used these buildings for several years until they found somewhere permanent to live.
The 1940s House follows one such family as they try to keep normal life while living in these buildings. They use only what they can carry up many flights of stairs and through crowded streets full of war damage - because there's no way they're leaving the house empty during the bombing raids.
As well as being homeless, the family has to deal with hunger and fear for its own safety.
The most popular option was bold geometric designs, which added even more color to the kitchen. Wood Furniture: Because of its versatility and availability during the war, wood was a popular material in the 1940s. Aside from typical wood furniture, bent wood furniture has grown in popularity. It's easy to see why - this unique design is free of traditional joints that can be damaged by moisture or exposed to chemicals. Metal furniture: During World War II, metal became increasingly important because of labor shortages. This technology was adopted by many manufacturers who produced storage cabinets, racks, and shelves for homes. Plastic furniture: Like metal, plastic is lightweight and durable, making it perfect for home furniture.
As families gathered around radios to listen to programming each night, radios evolved into a new form of entertainment and news distribution. Young people began to flock to movies that provided a new sort of amusement. Washing machines and vacuum cleaners were installed in homes, making domestic duties considerably simpler. Cooking appliances such as electric mixers and food processors became popular.
People also started using their homes as offices. This was particularly common among professionals who made their living from home - lawyers, doctors, dentists, and architects are just a few examples. In addition, homes served as stores where merchants sold goods through door-to-door salespeople or over the phone. Finally, houses were built with rooms that could be used for religious purposes. Churches, synagogues, and mosques were all options available to individuals and families who wanted to connect with others and find peace within themselves.
Here is a list of some activities that people did during "the golden age of radio": listening to music, talking with friends and family, learning about events going on in the world outside their town, and more. There were many ways people used radios in their daily lives during this time period.
In terms of music listening, people spent much of their time listening to jazz, country, rock 'n' roll, and classical tunes.