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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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St. Clair Flats, Michigan, circa 1904. "The Old Club." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Carpet

Well, as for the carpet..... the birds need trees- no? I thought it was a good touch!

Pretty Chintzy

Around 1910, summer parlors and upstairs sitting rooms furnished in wicker with matched cotton chintz upholstery, drapes and appliques were popular all over the United States, a light and airy style promoted by all the decorating and women's magazines of the time, and by such tastemakers as Elsie De Wolfe. Here's another 1910 sitting room full of wicker and chintz, this one in the Nelson Barker residence in San Diego, designed by the early modernist architect Irving Gill.

La Cage aux Folles

Personal favorites.

Quite nice

Well, I could make some silly remark about Rockin' Robin. Or I could say that the ubiquitous bird motif here reminds me of a number of dishes I've seen from that era with bluebirds in that exact same pose. So I'll bet that that's what they are, and that the color motif is a very soft blue and pink combination. With colors that are soft and muted, that could turn out to be a beautiful room. There's must be somewhere a piece of the fabric or the wall paper on a shelf that could give us a clue.

Cost Conscious

Obviously, the material was cheaper by the bolt!

I would have liked being a member of that club.

A pleasant place in a quieter, happier time.

A little hard to Swallow

This bird motif is a little too precious for my taste so I am imagining how ominous the room would look if the swallows were replaced by, say, crows.

Swallows

I wonder if this is the residence of Miss Byrd?

Tweet?

What does twitter have to do with this picture?

[It's the sound that birds make. - tterrace]

Now that's dedication

But the carpet! I am disappointed.

 
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