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The 1950s Home (Shire Library) [Paperback]

Sophie Leighton
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10 Oct 2009 Shire Library
The 1950s home presented an exciting new way of living for the generation that moved out of the suburbs. Young couples who had previously rented accommodation in urban centres found themselves able to afford new-build homes with hot running water, an indoor bathroom and aerials for the wireless already installed. Some four million houses were erected, mostly in cosy semi-detached styles that harked back to traditional cottage architecture. The design elite rejected this 'Stockbroker Tudor' look and opted instead for brave, flat-roofed modernist villas. This book introduces the homes that people fell in love with in the 1930s, and the fixtures and fittings that went in them. Packed with illustrations and informative chapters on architectural styles, gardens, furnishings and technology in the home, this book is an ideal introductory guide to the houses of the period.

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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (10 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747807116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747807117
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 14.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If I were researching architectural styles of the twentieth century, this fantastic series of books would be my first port of call.' --Books Monthly

[In reference to '1930s Home' & '1940s Home']: 'Lavishly illustrated with photographs, ephemera and wonderful period advertisements, all three of these books take one through a good overview of British architectural design, house construction, furnishings and decor, and gardens.'; - Kitchen Retro, 'kitchenretro.blogspot.com' (October 2009) --Kitchen Retro

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic domestic pictures and interesting text 11 Jan 2010
This is a thin book packed full of great 50s interiors photos to look at slowly and a text that can be read in snatches or in chapters. Written by a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum it is eminently readable in both style and content. This is a very thin book, but a very thin book to get quite excited about . . . if you are in love with the 1950s . . .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro read 3 Jan 2012
By Violet
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Lots of fun to read and also very informative on genuine vintage home style. It's a great series in fact...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid. 2 April 2013
By Neba
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Lovely book, plenty of pictures so you can flick through it as well as sit and digest it with a cup of tea.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Once again, another person gets an era book published with little information and bad copy photos!!! 9 Aug 2013
By Desi'sGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book hoping it would more so shed some light on all of the different designs that went into the 50's home in order to provide me with some ideas of how one could decorate their home to mirror this time period. Which one would think would include tons of glorious pictures of old adverts for furniture, kitchen ware, bathroom designs, etc that were essential in the look of that era.

As with another review on a book similar to this, I was displease at 1). How thin the book is (40 pages I believe) with its super small print and small size! (not even 8x10) 2). most of the pictures were of the outsides of homes and in poor black and white quality as if being a copy of another copy 3). Does very little in expressing the styles and designs of the interior of the home such as covering popular designs/designers of the time like Heywood Wakefield and others nor does it really show how people decorated their homes which is vastly different than then way people do today.

You honestly could do better going on the Internet and just doing a google search on how people's interior decorating was around that time because with the lack of example photos or even ads showcasing entire kitchen and living room models, I'm not sure what you are supposed to get from this book other than a few architect floor plans, a lot of fine print reading on the history of home exterior structure, and one example of what a kitchen looked like back then - this book is certainly not enough for someone who might be looking for ideas on how to decorate their entire home and what type of furniture to get.
3.0 out of 5 stars not as much information as I was expecting 14 April 2014
By susanu - Published on Amazon.com
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not as much information as I was expecting, mostly just filler. I know it was not expensive, but that's not the point.
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