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  • 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)
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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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Of course this subject has been covered many times, in larger books. (sometimes lumbering and over worded) I've read a lot of them, or tried at least. What is nice is the 'Shire' format. In the UK, they have always been nice, easy read, up to 64 page books written by independent folks, expert in their own field. I have dozens and dozens. The content in this one has a nice 'dab' of each area, housing, houses, life style and accessories, if that makes sense.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book ~ Although quite short, it gets right to the point & has fabulous photographs 10 Jan. 2014
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While this book is quite short and can be read in one sitting, it's exceptionally well written and contains dozens of high quality photographs, many in color. What it lacks in length, it makes up for in providing the reader with an excellent summary of what home life was like during the 1950's. The author does an outstanding job of presenting factual information about home life, architecture and the roles of both the man & woman of this decade. The book is very interesting, an easy read, and backed up with the wonderful photographs mentioned above. This book deserves 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book--Horrible Presentation 24 Jun. 2016
By Mary Clancy - Published on Amazon.com
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The text and photos in this book are wonderful. It is not a complete history of the period, but Boucher knows her subject and has a captivating writing style that works particularly well for this overview. Although brief, the book still covers many interesting aspects of the era. However, the format for the print version is terrible--note the tiny dimensions. Why it couldn't have been printed in a normal size is mystifying. British publisher--cheap production--too bad, this work deserves better. Best bet for this one would be Kindle where the pictures and text can be made normal size.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang for your buck 29 Jun. 2013
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This is a slim little book but I consider it to be packed with information. There are lots of great color photos and illustrations, and the list of references used include websites and other great resources; this book was obviously well-researched. If you want a really in-depth look at the 1950s, go with the monumental The Fifties, but if you are just looking for a fun supplement or an introduction to 1950s lifestyles, this book will suit you just fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Own a home from the 1950s? You gotta read this! 13 Nov. 2015
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As the owner of a custom-built 1954 home, this was a fun and enlightening read. I now understand a lot more about WHY my house was built the way it was. It's fun to find out how the house was intended to be used and changed. Honestly, I like my house even more, now that I understand. (And I liked it a lot to begin with.)
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. 18 July 2015
By Gnom - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is pretty good, and made for an interesting evening of reading. It seems a bit focused on Levittown, and a lot of the information is just easily available on the internet. It is also quite short. It could be made much better by including information from various parts of the united states and interviews with people who lived at that time.
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