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Quote:One thing from the '40s that I don't like in bathrooms of that ere, is the ugly black coving they layed around the base of the walls, like floor moulding.
Quote:I'll dig one of those photos out and post it later so we can compare the differences (this is what my life has come down to, analyzing toilets through the ages!).
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I was leafing through a vintage issue of Better Homes and Gardens this morning and an article on "The 1946 Bathroom" caught my eye. They
showcased several schemes for postwar bathroom decor which all had a few must-haves:
1.) A plastic window curtain to match your shower curtain. Some were just made from a plastic "film." Others were made from
plastic-coated taffeta. Would plastic window curtains really have been more useful for the housekeeper? Window curtains certainly don't take the kind of
beating from soap scum that a shower curtain does. I guess the idea here was more that your "linens" would be a perfect match. This wasn't an ad
for plastics, so it's telling, I think, that all four of the bathrooms in the article had plastic curtains.
2.) A waist-high hamper in white enameled metal in a half-round shape. Some of these featured floral decals on front. You might have a smaller
round trash can in the same enameled metal standing the corner.
3.) Guest towels and washcloths in rich pastels: bright pinks and yellows, medium blues and greens, coral was another great color. Each
bathroom had two towel racks - one for family towels, I guess, and one for guests and handwashing. The bath towels were tiny, of course. Green was the
hot color for 1946. Isn't it true that green dyes weren't available for commercial goods during the war? They must have been super fashionable when
4.) Washable wallpaper for your walls. Only one of the four bathrooms in the article had plain painted walls, the others were all papered in a
5.) Floors were linoleum in a black or dark green. They were definitely meant to be disappear into the background and let the pastels catch
the eye. Three of the four bathrooms in the article had a rectangular floor mat in a pastel shade --- just big enough to step on when you were drying off from
your shower or bath.
6.) The bathroom was definitely a place for feminine decor. Bear in mind that most homes would only have the one bathroom for the whole
family, but this was no place for dark colors or "manly" themes. Pastels and florals were a priority! There was practically no space for knick
knacks. Sink surface space was minimal - just room enough for a bar of soap. The only knick knacks in any of the bathrooms in this article were fancy cosmetic
jars and, in one scheme, a couple framed floral prints.
Here are a few ads for plastic shower/window curtains:
Firestone Velon (1947)
Firestone Velon (1948)
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