20th Century Home

A ramble through domestic history in the 20th Century

Energy In The 1920s

In 2015 we are busy worrying about green energy – being eco friendly – trying to save money in the face of soaring energy costs. In the 1920s things were … Continue reading

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1962 American Kitchen

This is a British blog about homes here, but these pictures of an American kitchen in the 1960s are too good to ignore! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2963252/Pretty-pink-Inside-immaculate-Chicago-kitchen-frozen-time-abandoned-1962.html

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Plastic In The 60s and 70s Home

Have you spotted the clear plastic chair and table in the centre of the above pictures, as well as the plastic inflatables on the right? Plastic wasn’t new in the … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment


Inspired by the fact I’ve just added a lovely pure wool Witney blanket to my bed for winter cosiness I thought I’d do a bit  of investigation into the history … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Peerless Kitchens – 1936

A look through a 1936 catalogue issued by Peerless Kitchen Cabinets Ltd of Greenford Middlesex in 1936, “the largest and foremost manufacturers of Built-in Kitchen Furniture. ” Peerless claim they … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 6 Comments

Conversation Pits and Sunken Baths

As a child in the 70s I knew absolutely that the ultimate in grown-up glamour was the fully carpeted – preferably shag – sunken conversation pit. Failing that anything involving … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Coloured Exteriors of the 50s and 60s

If you look around 50s and 60s housing estates, they often have an incoherent and dowdy feel. Much of the joy of housing design of this era lay in the … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Woven Paper Furniture (1961) – British Pathe

They don’t say this is a Lloyd Loom factory, but I’m certain it is. This is the Lloyd Loom process which is patented – and they did have a factory … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment