- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Shire Publications (10 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747812381
- ISBN-13: 978-0747812388
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.5 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 1950s American Home (Shire Library USA) Paperback – 10 Jun 2013
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"A tribute to what would become known as "the American dream" the ideal dwelling replete with time-saving appliances, a car, space to entertain indoors and outside, plus the requisite TV. Home sweet home never looked so good." "San Jose Mercury News""
A tribute to what would become known as 'the American dream' -- the ideal dwelling replete with time-saving appliances, a car, space to entertain indoors and outside, plus the requisite TV. Home sweet home never looked so good. "San Jose Mercury News""
About the Author
Diane Boucher was a researcher and docent at the Crab Tree Farm Collection of American and European Arts and Crafts, in Illinois. She has written extensively on American interiors and is the co-author of Arts and Crafts Rugs for Craftsman Interiors.
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Regarding the Levitt housing, I feared Diane would miss out on an important bit of American history, continued racism. Indeed, no mention that the 'GI bill' excluded Black servicemen from jumping up the housing list, as white servicemen did. Far into the book, at page 55 actually, in the Chapter 'Good Life', Diane tells us that as late as 1960, in Long Island Levittown, of the 82,000 inhabitants, not one was black. Levitt originally refusing to sell or rent to black families. Quite awful.
Do I like the book? Yes. It is comprehensive, and comfortable. Living in the UK, I wrongly just assumed Levitt housing was all ET type estates, with wide streets and identical houses. Indeed, other books have intimated this by their not mentioning anything else. Dianne's chapter on Architectural designs addresses this well.
I feel, and I am British after all and we had a much different Post War, that I'm making headway in understanding Post War life and design in the USA. Levitt, Eames, Ranch houses and low slung furniture all had their place. I'm spurred on, and looking again at the Shire USA books, thank you Diane.