Growing up, did your kitchen look like this?
Mine didn’t. but I love it, all of it: the color scheme, the appliances and the retro 1950s vibe.
I once did a kitchen floor in those tiles, but set them on the diagonal. The cabinets resembled these, but were white. I would have loved to have added color, vintage appliances and furniture to make a real retro-style kitchen.
Seeing this photo started me thinking about some of the things that are now gone, but were a common sight in my growing up years.
I was thinking the other day about my mother and her housecoats. Do you remember these robe-like garments women wore around the house? They were called housecoats, and I’m not sure why they were preferred to bathrobes, but among some women, they were. I never saw my mom in a robe but she had quite a collection of these housecoats. If you can shed some light on the subject, I’d love to hear.
Which led me to this photo of pin curls. My mother always “set” her hair in pincurls and then set mine, too. Do you remember when we “set” our hair? I ended up with those sausage-like ringlets, but she had a typical 1950s ‘do. Oh, you want to know how to use pincurls?
I tried this a few years ago and it didn’t turn out so well. I might try it again, though. Oh, and note the upper right corner, where the hairdresser is acknowledged. “Ernest Your Hairdresser of Detroit.” Ernest sure can set hair!
Lauren Bacall’s hairdo is the result of pin curls. Supposedly. This would be a real retro style, today.
Here’s an oldie but goodie:
It’s a rat tail comb and the teeth were made for teasing hair. Big in the 1960s. I love a good rat tail comb and found some vintage ones in a box the other day.
Speaking of hair do you remember this? I think this was just a bit before my time, but it made me smile.
Maybe you don’t remember it. But you may remember something like this:
I remember the distinctive smell of the plastic cap heating up and my scalp getting super-hot.
Here’s one you have to remember:
Even as little girls, we wore white gloves, usually to church. It’s been decades and decades since I’ve seen anyone wear them.
Or this one:
Does anyone use these any longer?
Ok, here’s one for you:
Remember these big, fat Yellow Pages? They were the Google search of our youth. Well, ours came the other day:
It’s lost some weight. I can’t imagine anyone using the book today.
How about percolators? Remember them? This one sat on my mother’s stove for my entire childhood and after. Now, it sits in my office and I get to think of my mother whenever I catch sight of the coffee pot. Does anyone use stovetop percolators any more?
Well, that’s it for my little trek down Memory Lane. How about you? Got anything to add?