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Chez Windex: 1939

Chez Windex: 1939

June 12, 1939. "New York World's Fair, House of Glass No. 4. Combination bedroom and sleeping porch. Landefeld & Hatch, architect." Also known as the House of Bloody Noses. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

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The beginning of bland

That became ubiquitous in 40's interiors, and the little bit of greenery doesn't help a bit in these settings.


For 70 years old it still looks modern.

Thank you Fedders, et al.

The sleeping porch, another genteel amenity obviated by the development of home air conditioning. I have had several houses with sleeping porches and, though the extra space is handy, their current uses are limited by the fact that they adjoin, and can usually only be accessed through, a bedroom.

Shag carpet?

And you thought it was introduced in the 1960s! Wow.


Where that amazing furniture went to. Is it still around. Tricky, furniture that is mostly invisible.

Still Working On It

The Glass Ceiling.

Fantastic design!

Looks like 1979, not 1939. I remember a bathroom here, also "House of Glass No.4", the same modern and swanky. It is hard to imagine, my grandma was a teenage girl then, and WW II not yet started in my country. Amazing.

It's a Fact!

In such a room, you could not stow thrones.

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