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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Easier Living: 1951

Easier Living: 1951

October 12, 1951. Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y. "Statton Modern at John Wanamaker. Russel Wright bedroom group. Auerbach Agency, client." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Chintzy

Generally I love Russel Wright's ideas. Most everything in this room is appealing. But the chintz finish on the bedspreads is everything people criticize about mid-cent decor. It looks cold and stiff.

That said

Why does the headboard fit the two mattresses perfectly? Was this a precursor to the king? I still don't understand the California king but I'm from the south.

Peaceable Kingdom

Rousseau's 'Peaceable Kingdom' seems an odd choice of artwork for the wall of such a modern, trendy room. AND it's such a small print, too. It happens to be a favorite of mine, but I would have thought something more contemporary would have been the preferred choice for a model room. But who knows what Wanamaker's decorator had in mind?

Left bed is wider

I count four and a half squares of bedspread/comforter crossing the left bed and barely four squares on the right one. How's that for precise measurement?

Travelodge, Version 1.0B

Tests of this Beta version indicated strong user demand for matching, floral-print bedspreads and curtains.

Optical illusion?

Doesn't the left twin bed look wider than the right?

His and Hers?

It looks to me that the left side is about a foot wider than the right side.

War on men

"Hers" and "his" beds?

Not a Hotel Room

Wanamaker's was a chain of department stores. I assume even though it looks like it could be any 50's motel it is a model bedroom on a sales floor.

Yoo-hoo

Rob? Laura?

All that's missing

1. A USB charging port built into the base of the lamp.
2. An antimicrobial-coated remote control.
3. A table card with the Wi-fi instructions, and another with the phone number of the nearest pizza joint.

Next Exit

This example of a room will be the prime design of all the forthcoming motel rooms in North America.

 
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