The Mid-Century look is everywhere, in current clothing styles, home furnishings, kitchenwares and more. Retailers are re-mixing designs, patterns and palettes from the Postwar period offering buyers a fresh interpretation of the Atomic era. But can stores really capture the nostalgia of the the 1950s.
Baby Boomers Remember1950s Christmas
Baby boomers have clear memories of what it was like growing up in the 1950s. Thanks to sites like Pinterest,com you can capture those times in images from old magazine advertisements, vintage photographs, newspaper clippings, store catalogs and books.
Pinterest.com Saving Christmas Memories
I poked around Pinterest.com this morning and put terms such as "Vintage Christmas", "Retro Christmas", "Christmas ads" in the search bar. Thanks to the wonderful gals and guys on Pinterest, I put together this post with shared images.
Enjoy a journey back to the 1950s during Christmas.
I wondered what a Mid Century Christmas might look like? So I did some homework to offer you a glimpse of the styles and pictures that were indeed part of the holidays in the 1950s.
We colored pictures in Christmas coloring books, now our kids draw on iPads and other devices.
Women were housewives who stayed home and served coffee and home baked cake and cookies in their kitchens.(I'm not sure if that is a good or bad memory).
It was a very different time before the digital age, children played with Tinker toys and Tiny Tears dolls.
Families watched T.V. together as a family. Now we text at each other in the living room. Remember Ed Sullivan on Sunday evenings?
Ed brought us new talent, now Simon Cowell is our source for an evening of
song and dance.
Leave It To Beaver, Lassie and of course
I Love Lucy were our favorites.
Hallmark and Christmas went together
like candy canes and eggnog.The graphics were colorful, bold and saturated in primary colors of red, blue, yellow.
The techy among us played with chemistry sets, Lionel trains and Erector sets. Our generation predated Legos, but we were builders of Lincoln Logs and blocks.
The 1950s were a magical time, when children were children and they believed in an enchanted holiday.
I remember visiting sick children in the hospital with my childhood friend Sharon. We made a giant homemade Christmas holiday book. Remember trying to draw a Christmas tree. Trying to get the branches even?
I adored going to Woolworths with my mom or grandmother. I liked to look at the parakeets and bring home a cute pet toy for my poodle or more potholder loops. We usually stayed for lunch.
Going to Radio City Music Hall for the annual Christmas show was a special treat. Dad worked in the city and I spent many holidays going to shows and iconic department stores.
I would love to hear what you remember about your 1950s Christmas holidays. Please share your memories or comments.
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen &ome Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists